Criminal Justice Minor

Minor Requirements

18 credit hours

Complete the following:
This course will provide students with an introduction and synopsis of the system of criminal justice operated in the United States today. The course will provide an overview of the philosophy of criminal law, theories of deviance and of the nature and extent of crime in America. The theory, structure, and operation of each of the principle components of the Criminal Justice System (i.e., law enforcement, courts, and corrections) will be examined in detail.
An introduction to the study of deviance and criminology, including theoretical and paradigms and research.
A study of the causes and nature of juvenile delinquency, the development of the juvenile court, probation, and other rehabilitative programs. Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or instructor's permission.
This course will cover the theological and historical backgrounds of alternative systems of justice, and the criminological principles undergirding a variety of restorative justice programs, particularly community policing, problem-solving courts and community corrections, and will apply an international comparative component as well as a study the programs’ effectiveness. Prerequisite: SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology or instructor permission.
This course introduces students to issues of diversity and difference in preparation for culturally competent social work practice. Students will learn about vulnerable and marginalized groups and the environmental systems which impact them. Special attention is given to issues of intersectionality, bias, discrimination, power and privilege, and oppression. Students will explore their own personal identity and how their views, beliefs, values, and behaviors may support or hinder future social work practice with diverse populations.
Choose one of the following:
The origins, evolution, structure, and present functions of state, county, and city government, with particular reference to Oregon. Special attention is given to the rising problems of urban government and regional planning.
A general study of the role of law and the legal profession in American life, and a survey of the major topics addressed by the law. Attention also is given to the values promoted by our legal system and the Christian's interaction with it.
A study of the unique physical, intellectual, personality, social, and moral developmental changes during the period of adolescence. Students who take PSYC 310 Lifespan Development are not eligible to also take PSYC 314 for credit. Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.
A survey of the major theorists of personality and their theories. Included are psychoanalytic, dispositional, phenomenological, and behavioral theories. An integrative approach will involve synthesis of important elements of theory and Scripture. Prerequisite: PSYC 150 General Psychology.
This course focuses on the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Special emphasis is placed upon the religion clauses of the First Amendment.