Ranked No. 18 in Criminology
U.S. News & World Report, 2021

What does it cost?

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How long will it take?

A minimum of 15 credit hours must be completed. A full-time student may complete this program in one semester.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

All required classes to earn this minor degree are completed online.

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Criminal Justice, Minor

The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology offers a minor in criminal justice to all undergraduate Georgia State students.  The minor is comprised of 15 credit hours and offer students the opportunity to complement their major studies with practical, career-orientated courses that will lead to additional skill sets marketable to the public or private sector.

Why our program works

  • Fair and open dialogue: Our faculty have designed a program that stresses an integrated view of the criminal justice system, highlighting relationships among the many different institutions involved and the need for cooperation and humane practices across law enforcement, the courts, corrections and the juvenile justice system.
  • Theoretical framework combined with current events: You will study how our criminal justice system was designed and examine the parts of the system, including the roles of victims and offenders. Paired with an examination of the causes and consequences of traditional and digital crime, you will receive a comprehensive criminal justice education to prepare you for a career that is relevant to the critical issues facing justice agencies of today and tomorrow.
  • Your success matters: You will work with the undergraduate advisement center throughout your time at Georgia State to make sure you are enrolling in the correct courses

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology emphasizes issues of crime and justice occurring in urban environments from a multicultural, interdisciplinary perspective to inform science, policy and practice. The department produces students who are critical and ethical thinkers, knowledgeable about the issues of crime and justice, and prepared for leadership positions in public and private criminal justice.

Program Details

The minor in criminal justice is open to all undergraduate Georgia State students.

Students interested in this minor should contact their academic advisor in their major/college and talk to them about how these 15 credits can be incorporated into their major program of study. If your degree does not allow minors to be attached to your major, we still welcome you to take the courses in these minor areas to further enhance and supplement your portfolio of skills and resume.

If you would like to meet with an advisor to discuss one of these minors, please contact our Office of Academic Assistance.

Visit the catalog for details on the Criminal Justice Minor curriculum.

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Careers

Graduates with a Criminal Justice minor will be well positioned to pair this credential with the substantive insights gained in their major field of study to position themselves for employment in local, state, or federal justice agencies such as the GBI, FBI, DEA, ATF, Homeland Security, MARTA, Georgia State Patrol, local police departments, and county sheriff’s offices. They will also be marketable to corporate, private and cyber security job opportunities as well as graduate and law schools across the country. Many of our graduates have become border patrol agents, special agents, crime prevention specialists, correctional officers, criminal investigators, criminal law paralegals, drug enforcement agents, federal air marshals, etc.

Contacts

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
55 Park Place NE
5th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Phone: 404-413-1020
Fax: 404-413-0130

14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303

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