Criminal Justice (Minor)

We offer a minor in Criminal Justice to students who are majoring in various disciplines. For example, if you are studying governmental history or political science, you will find that knowledge of the criminal justice system can be beneficial to a career in public administration, government or public policy. If you are a psychology student, you will find much overlap between the criminal justice and mental health systems. If you are majoring in forensic science, sociology, social work, and many other disciplines, a minor in criminal justice can benefit your studies. To obtain a minor in Criminal Justice, you must complete a total of 18 credit hours (12 credit hours of required Criminal Justice courses and 6 hours of Criminal Justice electives).

Like our Bachelor of Science program, we offer an online degree completion option for the minor in criminal justice. Whether you begin your undergraduate studies at FSU or you transfer from another college or university, after you complete 38 credit hours of university core courses and four 200-level required Criminal Justice courses, you can complete elective courses and required upper-level Criminal Justice courses in a face-to-face or online environment.

McKayden Anderson

My name is McKayden Anderson. The criminal justice department has given me an incredible experience. During my time as a criminal justice student, I have had the chance to work with a phenomenal staff that cares about my education, my future, and wants the best for me. I have received a real-world education that is preparing me for the future career I want. I have been challenged as a student and an individual, and am grateful for the learning opportunities I have been given in this department. My dream is to be a counselor in the prisons and work with inmates for reentry into society. After my attendance here, I feel that I will be more than ready to pursue this after graduation!

Why Choose Criminal Justice?

What percentage of criminal cases are solved with DNA evidence? Only 1 percent! Approximately how many Americans spend at least one day in jail each year? About 7 million! What percentage of criminal cases result in a trial? Less than 5 percent!

Did you know that 1 out of 3 people think their school-aged kids will be physically assaulted in school - even though children are more likely to be harmed at home? Did you know that 68 percent of people think crime is worse now than ever before - even though crime has been declining? Did you know that murder has a higher rate of clearance by the police than any other crime?

If you are interested in learning more information about the criminal justice system and its role in our society, then choose Criminal Justice as your major.

What You Will Learn?

Our department provides a variety of courses related to criminology and criminal justice. Here are some examples: introduction to law enforcement, introduction to criminal justice, criminological theory, and criminal justice ethics. We also provide different elective courses such as police and society, drugs and crime, white collar crime, and comparative criminal justice. For more information, please visit our catalog.

What You Will Do?

Having a degree in Criminal Justice will help you get hired for a variety of jobs within the criminal justice field. Here are some examples: police officer, probation officer, juvenile detention officer, correctional officer, FBI agent, crime analyst, DEA agent, and legal researcher.

Faculty
  • David Barlow
  • Melissa Barlow
  • Sara Brightman
  • Joe Brown
  • Sherree Davis
  • Miriam DeLone
  • Michael DeValve
  • Bonnie Grohe
  • Lori Guevara
  • Xiaochen Hu
  • Emily Lenning
  • Karen McElrath
  • Anais Perez
  • Zahra Shekarkhar
  • Angela Taylor
Courses

Here are some of the courses that we offer:

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Criminal Law
  • Police and Society
  • Prisons and Society
  • Race, Class, and Gender in Criminal Justice
  • Victimology
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Media and Crime
  • White Collar Crime
  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Sex, Sexuality and the Law
  • Restorative Justice
Jobs

Having a degree in Criminal Justice will help you get hired for a variety of jobs within the criminal justice field. Some of the career possibilities for Criminal Justice graduates include:

  • Police Officer
  • Victim Advocate
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Court Intake Officer
  • FBI Agent
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Attorney
  • Legal Researcher
  • Magistrate
  • Loss Prevention Agent
  • Private Investigator
  • Mediator
Research

To find out more about research, please go to each professor's individual page.