Criminal Justice Minor

Criminal Justice Minor

The minor in criminal justice is designed to provide to interested students a basic introduction to the operation of the criminal justice system, including its agencies and processes and a introduction to the discipline of criminology. Students completing the criminal justice minor, when combined with an appropriate major, may qualify for entry-level positions in the areas of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and ancillary agencies. Students interested in a career in forensic science are advised to contact the Forensic Science Program Director, Dr. Jason Linville (


Beginning Fall, 2006, students who declare the minor in criminal justice will have to satisfy a new set of requirements. Students who declared the minor prior to Fall, 2006 are not affected by these changes and will continue to use the requirements that existed at the time they declared the minor.

The new requirements for the CJ minor require the completion of 21 semester hours of coursework, including 15 hours of required courses and 6 hours of elective courses.

Required courses include:

JS 100 – Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

JS 101 - Crime and Criminality

JS 220 - Police in America: An Overview

JS 230 - Judicial Process in America

JS 240 - Corrections in America: An Overview


The remaining 6 hours of electives must be taken at the 300 level or above from any of the available criminal justice electives. Transfer students must earn at least 6 hours of criminal justice credits at UAB in courses at the 300 level or higher. The requirements for the minor are fulfilled only by courses in which a grade of C or better is earned. The Department of Justice Sciences reserves the right to require a specific grade point average as an additional prerequisite for courses at the 300 level or above.

Students are strongly advised to refer to the UAB Undergraduate Catalog for additional information on the core curriculum, major, and minor requirements. Direct any questions to the SBS Advising Office located in Heritage Hall 510, 975-0097.