Criminal Justice Minor Requirements

IMPORTANT: New minor beginning Fall 2017 

A new minor — Crime and Justice — has been approved for the 2017-18 academic year. If you are a current declared Criminal Justice minor planning to graduate in Dec. 2017 or later you may choose to follow the old Criminal Justice minor or the new Crime and Justice minor.  Meet with an advisor to discuss which plan is likely to work best for you. Students declaring the minor in Fall 2017 or later must follow the new plan. Crime-and-Justice-Minor-Plan-of-Study-2017-18

Pre-Fall 2017

The Criminal Justice minor provides an opportunity to study important aspects of criminal justice and serves as preparation for possible careers within the criminal justice system. A minor posted on a student’s undergraduate transcript acknowledges the student’s interest and academic success in courses with relevance to the field of criminal justice.

This 18-credit minor is supplemental to a major and is available only to students matriculated at the University of Connecticut.


  • Three compulsory courses: Politics of Crime & Justice (POLS 3827); Criminology (SOCI 2301); and Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 2300)
  • At least two further relevant courses from an approved list available in the Undergraduate Course Catalog
  • An internship in a criminal justice setting. Please read the guidelines regarding the internship requirement carefully.

Please also note these additional guidelines:

  • A maximum of three credits in the minor can count towards a major, and 12 to 15 credits can constitute the related area courses.
  • A minimum of a C (2.0) must be earned in each of the courses.
  • Substitutions are not permitted.

If in doubt about the requirements of the minor, students should arrange a time to talk with an advisor.

Declaring a Criminal Justice minor

Go to the College of Liberal Arts Sciences Academic Services Center online program change page.

Submitting a Final Plan of Study

See the Forms and Deadlines page.