Minor in Criminal Justice

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For students in the online BA in Interdisciplinary Studies degree program or U of A degree-seeking students.

In order to add this minor, students must consult their advisers for their academic majors.

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Earn Marketable Credentials

The criminal justice minor from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences builds marketable skills and knowledge that relate to law enforcement, the court system and crime prevention. Criminal Justice is a growing field, with a number of exciting career opportunities from a variety of agencies, industries and organizations. This minor will familiarize you with the justice system processes and the causes, correlations and consequences of criminal behavior.

Having credentials in criminal justice can help you further your career and stand out among peers. A criminal justice minor can enhance or complement major degrees in other disciplines, including sociology, social work, education, health professions, law, psychology, world languages and computer engineering.

Drawing upon a strong base in the social sciences, this minor offers an overview of criminal justice as a field of study, examining the strengths, challenges and issues relating to the victims, offenders and public safety in contemporary society.  Coursework is designed to prepare individuals to contribute to the development and implementation of effective, fair, ethical and humane criminal justice systems.


This minor is available to degree-seeking students at the University of Arkansas. A student must notify the department of her or his intent to minor.


Required courses

  • CRIM 2003 - Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice (ACTS Equivalency = CRJU 1023)
  • CRIM 3023 - Criminological Theory
  • SOCI 3313 - Social Research
  • 9 Credit Hours of 3000-level or above coursework in criminology or sociology, with a maximum of 3 hours from sociology