The major purpose of the Minor in Criminology and Justice Studies is to provide an expanded and more focused concentration on the study of criminology and the criminal justice system regarding: 1) the study of deviance and the incidence and explanations for delinquency and crime; 2) methods of prevention and control of delinquency and crime; and 3) characteristics and practices of the criminal justice system. Moreover, students will select a set of courses that add to this core, such as the study of women and crime and the comparative study of crime in different societies. Students will broadly analyze the origins, causes, and consequences of crime and the structure of the criminal justice system in order to gain greater mastery of this socially important and very timely topic.
The Minor in Criminology and Justice Studies is offered through the Sociology Department. All courses for this minor can be viewed within the Sociology course listings. Advising for this minor is provided by the Sociology Department.
Special Conditions for a Minor in Criminology and Justice Studies
Students wishing to combine the Minor in Criminology and Justice Studies with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology should consult their advisor. See Sociology, Standard Concentration, B.A. for information about the bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Each course counted toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better. A minimum of eighteen (18) units in sociology must be completed at Cal State San Marcos. Twelve (12) units completed for the minor may be applied to electives in a major.