Criminal Justice Equity and Inclusivity, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 430-401)

Advisors:  J. Spraitz (Criminal Justice), M. Hsieh (Criminal Justice), J. Patchin (Criminal Justice), M. Kelly (Criminal Justice), A. Wilson (Criminal Justice).

The multidisciplinary minor in Criminal Justice Equity and Inclusivity is designed for students to analyze and critique issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the criminal legal system in the United States. Students will examine current and historical legal and policy decisions, the context surrounding those decisions, and the impact of those decisions. Students will identify current practices, and develop new solutions, that assist in improving diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices in the criminal legal system. This minor complements majors in all colleges at the university.

Twenty-four semester credits, including:
Required Courses
CRMJ 103Survey of the Criminal Justice System3
CRMJ 320Race, Crime, and Justice3
CRMJ 360Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
CRMJ Elective Requirements
Six credits from the following:6
Women and Criminal Justice
Capital Punishment
Police in Society
Confinement and Corrections
Other Elective Requirements
Six credits from the following:6
American Indian Politics
American Political Thought
The Idea of Tolerance in the Western Political Tradition
Group and Minority Politics
Women and Politics
Afro-American Politics
U.S. Constitutional Principles - Equality and Privacy
Legal Geographies of Race in the U.S.
Philosophy of Race
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Social Class and Inequality
Gender and Power
Sociology of Sexualities

Note: Criminal Justice majors cannot pursue the Criminal Justice Equity and Inclusivity Minor.

Program Learning Options

 Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Students will analyze and critique issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusivity that are inherent to the criminal justice system in the United States, they will demonstrate knowledge of why these issues exist, and identify solutions to help resolve existing problems.
  • Reasons for Inequity and Lacking Inclusivity and Diversity in the U.S. Criminal Justice System: Students will explain, analyze, and critique legal and policy decisions that led to or exacerbated equity, diversity, and inclusivity issues within the U.S. system of criminal justice.
  • Knowledge of U.S. Criminal Justice Systems: Students will demonstrate knowledge of criminal justice systems in the United States, including law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.