Minor in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice minor program at UCCS School of Public Affairs

Minor in Criminal Justice

Students who obtain a minor in Criminal Justice will be able to understand the social and behavioral contributors to crime and delinquency; gain knowledge of the nature and causes of crime; and understand the components of the criminal justice system: police, prosecutorial and defense functions, judiciary and field of corrections.


A minor in Criminal Justice requires 18 hours in Criminal Justice and includes the following courses:

  • CJ 1001 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJ 2041 - Crime Theory and Causes
  • At least two of the following:
    • CJ 3250 - Violence in Society
    • CJ 4042 - Corrections
    • CJ 4043 - Law Enforcement
    • CJ 4044 - Courts and Judicial Process
    • CJ 4121 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Plus two additional elective courses in Criminal Justice, one of which must be upper division.

General Requirements

  • A minimum of nine hours of upper-division CJ courses are required for a minor in Criminal Justice. Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course required for the minor.
  • Minor requirements may not be taken pass/fail.
  • No more than nine credit hours, including no more than six upper division credit hours of transfer work, may count toward the minor in Criminal Justice.