Minor in Criminal Justice

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Minor

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

A minor in Criminal Justice will provide students with foundational knowledge of criminology and criminal justice. Students majoring in sociology, psychology, political science and related fields are likely to interact with the criminal justice system in their careers and would benefit from the addition of the Criminal Justice minor to their degree plan.

Application deadlines

Fall: July 31; Spring: December 31; Summer: May 31

Program Details

Interest Categories: Criminology & Law Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Program requirements

  • A minor in Criminal Justice requires 18 credit hours of course work.
  • A maximum of 9 transfer credits may be applied to the minor.
  • Electives must be taken from outside the student's major.
  • Students must receive a minimum of a C- grade in each course applied to satisfy the minor.

Required courses

Students must complete the two required courses below, totaling 6 credit hours. All course descriptions can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

  • CRJU 1000 - Criminology and Criminal Justice: An Overview (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU 2041 - Criminological Theory (3 credit hours)

Take two of the following courses, totaling 6 credit hours:

  • CRJU 4042 - Corrections (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU 4043 - Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
  • CRJU 4044 - Courts and Judicial Process (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses listed above, students must complete 6 credit hours of upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) elective courses in Criminal Justice.

Max Transfer Credits:9

Max Credits Per Year:In most cases, students wishing to take more than 18 credit hours per semester (12 in the summer session) must have the overload approved by the dean.

Required Credits for Completion:18 Credits

Admission Requirements

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