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Why a Criminology Minor?

Which acts should be labeled as “crime,” and how should society respond to criminals? Answers to these questions vary dramatically across different societies and eras. In the Criminology Minor, you will critically analyze competing theories of the causes of crime, different models of criminal justice, and the roles of the media and inequality in shaping these views. You will also examine different crime types, victimization, and the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as how experiences with each of these can be powerfully shaped by race-ethnicity, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

What Career Paths Might I Consider?

In the Criminology Minor, you will develop an extensive knowledge of crime and the criminal justice system.  You will also develop your critical thinking and writing skills, and you will learn how to conduct research studies. As a result, many of our students go into criminal justice reform advocacy and non-profit organizations, victim-focused services, criminology research, teaching, as well as into corrections and law enforcement, and various U.S. and international justice-related governmental agencies.  This minor also provides you with a foundation to pursue advanced degrees in a graduate program or law school.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the minor in Criminology and the courses offered toward completing the minor.

Criminology, Minor

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Justice Studies at (773) 442-4790.

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