Criminal Justice Minor

The minor in Criminal Justice at Millikin University is an interdisciplinary program intended to expose students to a wide range of criminology theory, concepts, and ideas in the related disciplines of Political Science, Sociology, History, Philosophy, and Communications. Rather than emphasizing the mere technical aspects of law enforcement, the minor offers a broad and critical understanding of crime and law in the U.S., related to practice in a variety of fields and occupations within the criminal justice and legal systems. The minor also offers an internship experience (3 credit; 120 hours; required) in a criminal justice agency or program, providing students with a hands-on experience in one of these placements.

A minor in Criminal Justice offers a broad and theoretical view of the criminal justice process, including sociological and political factors related to crime and criminal justice. Criminal Justice minors are strongly encouraged to take social science statistics (PS201) as their quantitative reasoning requirement. Minors are required to complete an internship that bridges the theory into practice within the field. Identified internships include Teen Court, Truancy Court, Public Defender’s Office, Probation, Sheriff’s Office, Decatur Police Department, Juvenile Justice Judge, District Attorney’s Office, and Truancy Review Board Member.

Learning Goals

  1. Analyze complex social, political, and legal contexts to address issues of crime and criminal justice related to practice.
  2. Identify fundamental concepts, frameworks, and theories central to the area of criminal justice.
  3. Understand the professional and ethical standards of the criminal justice profession.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to complete and internship or research project in the field of criminal justice.

A minimum of 21 credit hours are required, with at least 9 credits earned in courses numbered 300 or above.

Required courses to receive the Criminal Justice Minor

  • PO235. Introduction to Criminal Justice System (3)
  • PO330 or PO334. Constitutional Law or Civil Liberties (3)
  • SO361. Criminology (3)
  • PO371/SO470. Internship (3)

Criminal Justice Minor electives include

  • PH211. Ethical Theory and Moral Issues (3)
  • SO211. Juvenile Delinquency (3)
  • SO232. Deviance (3)
  • PH310. Political Philosophy (3)
  • PO366. Appellate Legal Reasoning: Moot Court (3)
  • PO305. Philosophy of Law (3)
  • PO315. Supreme Court in American Politics (3)
  • HI310. History of Policing (3)
  • HI210/IN250. Violence in America (3)

Internship description

The Criminal Justice Internship encourages career exploration in the criminal justice system, as a required final course for students pursuing the minor. The structure of this program stresses integration of academic studies and workforce experience, determination of learning goals, cultivation of independent learning skills, development of increased awareness of community and public affairs, and understanding of diversity in the work place. By working with criminal justice agencies, students will be placed in a community setting which will help students answer their own questions about possible career choices in these fields.

Online Resources

For more information, view our online resources related to the Criminal Justice.