Undergraduate Minor in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice

Students with many different majors find Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice a useful and compatible minor. Coursework for this minor may cover a broad array of topics relevant to their careers after graduation, including power structures, inequality, racism, the legal system, genocide, deviance, and social control.  This minor is excellent preparation for careers in a range of fields, including law, criminal justice, and the non-profit sector.

Declare Your Minor

To declare your minor, download and fill out the Law, Criminology, and Justice Minor Application (PDF). Email it to sociology advising at socadvis@umn.edu or deliver the form to 909 Social Sciences Building.

Students are encouraged to declare their minor early; there are no prerequisites to declaring.  We will also add you to our listserve once you declare.  


Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Justice minors are designed to enhance study in other majors, so students may not both major and minor in Sociology programs. All of the minor credits must be completed on the A/F grade basis with a grade of C- or better in each course.  The minor is built around Social Theory (Soc 3701) and either Soc 1101 (Sociology of Law, Crime, and Punishment), Soc 3101 (Sociological Perspectives on the Criminal Justice System), or Soc 3102 (Criminal Behavior and Social Control), plus 3 electives.