Criminal Justice Minor

The Criminal Justice minor is designed for students who have chosen another academic major (e.g. Psychology, Political Science) but who may have an academic and/or career interest in the area of criminal justice. Five courses are required. The two Criminal Justice electives can be chosen from any of the Criminal Justice Electives offerings, with at least one course at the 300- or 400-level.

The following courses are required for the Criminal Justice minor:

SOC 110Introduction to Sociology3
CRJ 227Criminal Justice I3
CRJ 228Criminal Justice II3
Criminal Justice Elective (at any level)3
Criminal Justice Elective (at the 300- or 400-level)3
Total Credits15

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.