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A minor in Criminal Justice Studies enhances many careers.

Criminal Justice is the system of law enforcement that is directly involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and incarcerating those who are suspected of or have been charged with criminal offenses. The study of criminal justice at UD prepares the student for entry into a vast variety of careers in the field.

Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in criminal justice studies, students complete 18 semester hours of courses in the discipline, with at least 12 of those hours at the 300-400 level.

Opportunities for Students

Our minors are afforded many of the same opportunities as our majors. They may:

  • Conduct research projects in various classes.
  • Present research papers at student symposia.
  • Attend national and regional criminal justice conferences.
  • Volunteer in a wide range of community service projects.
  • Receive individual academic and career counseling from faculty.
  •  Attend symposia with nationally recognized speakers and community leaders.
Practical Experience

In addition to challenging courses and a variety of research opportunities, the our program offers numerous internship opportunities. Many of these internships are taken for academic credit but the biggest benefit comes from the wealth of practical knowledge and experience gained by the student. The program maintains a very large network of internships throughout the Greater Dayton area as well as nationally, covering all aspects of the criminal justice field.

What can I do with a minor in criminal justice studies?

Following graduation, criminal justice minors pursue many different paths, often depending on their major area of study:

  • Law enforcement at local, state and federal levels.
  • Public service organizations beyond law enforcement including probation, parole, community development, planning, housing, and other social service fields.
  • Law school.
  • Military service. 
  • Work in the non-profit sector.
  • Loss prevention and corporate security.