The interdisciplinary minor in Forensics and Criminality was designed for students interested in the study of law, deviant behavior, or careers in the criminal justice system. In this program, students study psychological and/or ethical issues related to criminal behavior, consider criminality in the context of social class analysis, and learn about the American system of criminal justice. Twenty units are required, four at the lowerdivision and sixteen at the upper-division level.
Students should choose a curriculum for their minor based on their academic interests. Those students interested in white collar crime, for example, might choose POSC 130g, Law, Politics, and Public Policy at the lower division level; REL 375, Conflict and Change and the Ethics of Business; SOCI 350, Deviant Behavior; PHIL 430, Philosophy of Law; and PPD 342, Crime and Public Policy.
Those who are interested in the criminal justice system might choose LAW 200x, Law and Society; REL 341, Ethics in a Technological Society; SOCI 351, Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System; POSC 340, Constitutional Law; and POSC 432, The Politics of Local Criminal Justice.
Those interested in individual and social determinants of deviancy might take PSYC 100, Introduction to Psychology; PSYC 360, Abnormal Psychology, or 463, Criminal Behavior, or 465, Introduction to Forensic Psychology; SOCI 360m, Social Inequality: Class, Status, and Power; LAW 402, Psychology and Law; and SOCI 353, Sociology of Crime and of the Criminal Justice System.
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Lower-division requirement (4 units)
Choose one course from List A below.
AMST 101gm, Race and Class in Los Angeles
LAW 200x, Law and Society
PHIL 140g, Contemporary Moral and Social Issues
POSC 130g, Law, Politics, and Public Policy
PSYC 100, Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 155g, Psychological Perspectives on Social Issues
PSYC 165Lg, Drugs, Behavior, and Society
SOCI 142gm, Diversity and Racial Conflict
SOCI 150gm, Social Problems
SOCI 200m, Introduction to Sociology
Upper-division requirements (16 units)
The Individual in Society
Choose one course from List B below.
PSYC 355 Social Psychology* or SOCI 320 Social Psychology
PSYC 360 Abnormal Psychology*
PSYC 463 Criminal Behavior *
PSYC 465 Introduction to Forensic Psychology *
REL 341 Ethics in a Technological Society
REL 375 Conflict and Change and the Ethics of Business
*Indicates pre-requisite, PSYC 100 or department approval.
Social Class and Criminality
Choose one course from List C below.
SOCI 350 Deviant Behavior
SOCI 351 Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency and the Juvenile Justice System
SOCI 360m Social Inequality: Class, Status, and Power
The System of Criminal Justice
Choose one course from List D below.
LAW 402 Psychology and Law
LAW 403 Mental Health Law
PHIL 430 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 437 Social and Political Philosophy
POSC 340 Constitutional Law
POSC 426 The United States Supreme Court (recommended prep., 130g)
POSC 444 Civil and Political Rights and Liberties (recommended preparation, 340 or 440)
PPD 340 The American System of Justice
Crime and Punishment
Choose one course from List E below.
POSC 432 The Politics of Local Criminal Justice
PPD 342 Crime and Public Policy
SOCI 353 Sociology of Crime and of the Criminal Justice System
Total requirements: Five courses (twenty units)