Criminal Justice, Minor

Minor in Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Fully Online
  • 24
  • $259.00
  • $405.00

Program Overview

The online Criminal Justice, Minor allows students to diversify their academic skill-set and additional career or education paths. 

This unique online option allows the student to: 

  • Gain a broad academic background in criminal justice.
  • Research topics pertaining to the administration of justice.
  • Prepare for careers requiring a high level of character and ethical standards, preparing them for leadership positions.

Career Outlook: A minor in criminal justice is a valuable enhancement to a variety of professions. Individuals seeking to work in government, courts, social work or psychology find a criminal justice minor an asset to their degree. 

A minor in criminal justice is a complement to many majors including:

  • Biology or Biochemistry
  • Forensic Science
  • Family Science
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Insect Science
  • Journalism
  • Language 
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High school diploma or GED

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

Students take all of CJUS 101GS, 215 and 230. Students choose 15 credit hours from the remaining electives. *This course is the immediate prerequisite. Other preparation is required prior to this immediate prerequisite.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CJUS 215Correctional Services and Systems3
This course covers the historical development of corrections leading to an analysis of our correctional process and systems in contemporary America.
CJUS 230The Police Service3
This course is intended to introduce students to the major developments and problems in policing. Topics will include rights and responsibilities of the uniformed officer, patrol and manpower distribution theories, police unionism, ethics and corruption, community relations, and the police subculture as a distinct value system.
CJUS 101GSIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
This course is intended to provide a broad understanding of the functional components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationship. It will also provide a basic understanding of the American crime problem.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CJUS 360Sex Crimes3
This course is designed to introduce the students to the growing problem of sex crimes. Areas covered will include prostitution, the role of fantasy in sex crimes, pornography, Internet related sex crimes, sex trafficking and tourism, pedophilia, dangerous sex crimes, and rape. Related laws, typologies of offenders, profiling offenders, and evidence collection will also be discussed.
CJUS 326Theories of Crime and Criminal Law3
This course is intended to introduce students to the philosophical foundations of criminal law, as well as the various theories that have been proposed to address criminal offending and the prevention of crime. Students will evaluate each theory within the context of the crime and the criminal justice system in the United States
CJUS 430Drugs and the Criminal Justice System3
This course focuses on the historical and contemporary pattern of psychoactive drug use in the United States and on the development of criminal justice policies intended to reduce or eliminate drug use and/or drug problems. Specific topics include major types of psychoactive drugs, the War on Drugs, the international context of drug production and distribution, and personal and social problems resulting from drug use. A major focus of the course will be the evaluation of different criminal justice strategies for reducing drug-related problems.
CJUS 370Women and Crime 3
The study of gender criminology, female offenders, and the incarceration and treatment of offending women; an examination of female victims of male violence including battering, stalking, and sexual victimization; an evaluation of women working in the criminal justice field, their employment and promotion rates, gender discrimination, and safety on the job.
CJUS 340Criminal Evidence, Procedure and the Courts 3
The emphasis of this course will be on the concept of evidence and the rules governing its admissibility. There will also be theoretical and pragmatic considerations of constitutional requirements affecting evidence and procedure. Prerequisite: CJUS 101
CJUS 350Organized Crime3
Designed to examine the different organized criminal elements in American society. This examination will include their economic effect on society, law enforcement efforts to minimize that effect, the major criminal areas involved in their day-to-day operations, and the historical development of the criminal groups as they exist today. Prerequisite: CJUS 101
CJUS 401Special Topics3
Prereq: CJUS 101GS or permission of instructor Concerned with current issues and developments in the criminal justice field. Each semester a topic will be chosen as the subject for inquiry. It is designed for students who wish to explore current issues and broaden their exposure to important and timely issues in criminal justice. This course may be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours.
CJUS 420Supervision and Management in Criminal Justice3
This course introduces upper-level students to supervision and management concepts within criminal justice organizations, Students will learn how to employ sound principles of human relations and supervision techniques to be effective leaders. Prerequisite: Junior standing
CJUS 375GSComparative Criminal Justice Systems3
An examination of selected non-American criminal justice systems. Specific areas of comparison will include but not be limited to, the police, judiciary, and criminal corrections, of selected foreign systems.
CJUS 480Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics and Career Development3
Graduating seniors must take this class in the school year they plan on graduating. This is a capstone course for the criminal justice program and will include assessment methods. Emphasis of the course will be on ethics in the criminal justice profession and the continued development of skills that will aid in the student's career development.
CJUS 445Sex Offender Supervision and Control3
This course examines the numerous social policies and laws used to treat and control sex offenders. Students will delve into the history, purpose and rationale, laws, legal challenges and court rulings, and the effectiveness of various policies of control. Prerequisite: CJUS 215
CJUS 315Victimology: Victims of Crime3
This course is designed to introduce the students to the overall problems dealing with victimization. Areas covered will include homicides, child abuse and neglect, rape, spouse abuse, abuse to the elderly, and other victimizations along with the post traumatic stress involved. The philosophy, history, and objectives of victimology will be reviewed in additions to the Victims' Rights Movement and research findings about victims. This course is designed to assist students in relating to victims of crime in a professional manner.
CJUS 380GSMinorities and Criminal Justice3
This course provides a survey of minority relations and criminal justice adjudication in America (law enforcement, judicial processing and corrections). Particular attention is focused on majority/minority relations and how these sentiments are reflected within the criminal justice process. While many minority groups will be examined, three will be emphasized: (1) racial minorities; (2) female victims and offenders; and (3) unique white ethnic subcultures.
CJUS 321Technology in Criminal Justice3
Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is designed to introduce students to some of the major developments and issues in technology that are facing the criminal justice system. Students will explore topics such as cybercrime, digital investigation and evidence preservation, use of technology in the commission of sex crimes, fraud, hacking, terrorism, and the legal issues and statues surrounding the use of technology in the commission of crime and in the investigation of crimes involving technology.
CJUS 370Women and Crime3
The study of gender criminology, female offenders, and the incarceration and treatment of offending women; an examination of female victims of male violence including battering, stalking, and sexual victimization; an evaluation of women working in the criminal justice field, their employment and promotion rates, gender discrimination, and safety on the job.
CJUS 201The Juvenile Justice System3
Prereq: CJUS 101GS This course is intended to introduce various components that comprise the juvenile justice system. Topics will include juvenile courts, role modeling, interaction between youth and the juvenile justice system, and the future of the juvenile justice system.
CJUS 345Criminal Law3
Prereq: CJUS 101GS Examines the foundation and elements of criminal law. Special emphasis is placed upon the definition of crime, criminal liability, defenses to criminal liability and the sanctions for committing crime.
CJUS 250Criminal Justice Research Methods I3
A course intended to give students some fundamentals in planning, research, and grant writing for criminal justice subsystems, (Program planning and evaluation).
CJUS 353Crime Prevention and Security3
Prereq: CJUS 101GS Concerned with the security and safety of communities, businesses, and individuals. It emphasizes the needs for citizen involvement, private industry and business participation, educational programs, in cooperation with criminal justice agencies.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Timbre Wulf-Ludden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Timbre Wulf-Ludden's primary research interests focus on institutional corrections, prison violence, juvenile justice, the importance of race and gender in media depictions of offenders and re-entry challenges for adult males. Recently, she was awarded the Junior Faculty Professional Development Teaching Award.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.