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. (Advice on how to set up an internship for credit can be found below under “Additional Resources.”)
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
To satisfy the criminal justice minor requirements, fieldwork 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.