The criminal justice and criminology minor can be a stepping stone to a career in social services, community outreach, psychology, and more. In fact, there are still positions in criminal justice and criminology that do not require a bachelor’s degree. Many students pair criminal justice and criminology with the sociology minor.

With this minor, you will develop an understanding of the American criminal justice system, philosophies and practices of various correctional programs, and techniques and theories of law enforcement. Professors who teach in the minor are from Ball State’s bachelor’s program in criminal justice and criminology, a program with a national reputation for its demanding curriculum.

Required Courses (15 credits)

  • CJC 101 Introduction to American Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
  • CJC 102 Introduction to Criminology (3 credits)
  • CJC 230 Introduction to Policing (3 credits)
  • CJC 240 Introduction to Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 250 Introduction to Courts/Judiciary (3 credits) 

Elective Courses (6 credits) 

Choose from two of these:

  • CJC 309 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 credits)
  • CJC 311 Race, Ethnics, and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 312 Victimology (3 credits)
  • CJC 329 Decision Making and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 331 Organized Crime (3 credits credits)
  • CJC 332 Crisis Intervention in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CJC 333 Police Systems and Organization (3 credits)
  • CJC 340 Institutional Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 341 Community Corrections (3 credits)
  • CJC 350 Criminal Evidence (3 credits)
  • CJC 351 Criminal Law (3 credits)
  • FCFC 202 Child and Family Wellness (3 credits)