As part of the 18-credit minor, the student must complete three credits of fieldwork in a criminal justice setting. The student is responsible for obtaining an internship, identifying a faculty supervisor, and enrolling in the field experience course in the faculty supervisor’s department.
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The fieldwork must take one of the following forms.
- HDFS 3080 Supervised Field Experience,
- INTD 3590 Urban Field Studies,
- POLS 3991 Supervised Field Work (or a combination of POLS 3991 with POLS 3999),
- SOCI 3990 (2 cr) and SOCI 3991 (1 cr) Internship: Field Experience and Research Paper,
- URBN 3991 (2 cr) and URBN 3981 (1 cr), Internship in Urban Studies: Field Study and Seminar
- PSYC 3880 Field Experience, or
- Another 2000-level or higher internship or field work course with field study done in a criminal justice setting approved in advance by the student’s criminal justice advisor.
Please note: “In a criminal justice setting” is a crucial phrase.
This means that students must work in one of the institutions of the criminal justice system or work with an agency that interacts on a day-to-day basis with such criminal justice system institutions. These may include but not be limited to the following:
- courts, prisons, police, probation service
- criminal defenders or prosecutor’s offices
- advocacy groups, education and prevention groups
- other groups that work with juvenile and adult delinquents or at risk populations
- law firm, if the work substantially engages with criminal law
The internship must be off-campus. The only exception to this policy is the UConn Police Department. A wide range of off-campus internship opportunities are available near UConn-Storrs, in Hartford, and in students’ home communities. The Crime and Justice minor advisory group encourages students to explore these.
If in doubt that a proposed internship will meet the requirements of the Criminal Justice or Crime and Justice minor, students should contact an advisor or the coordinator.