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The criminology minor affords students the opportunity to analyze how society defines, regulates and seeks to prevent criminal behavior as well as considering what factors lead people to commit crimes. Students select courses from multiple social scientific disciplines including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology and indigenous, race and ethnic studies to gain an understanding of the nature of crime, including the social and cultural factors contributing to criminal behavior and institutional efforts to prevent it. They also gain skills in analyzing evidence as well as identifying, apprehending and rehabilitating perpetrators.

This course of study is distinguished from criminal justice, which focuses on legal responses to criminal behavior. Students interested in criminal justice may consider the Legal Studies minor. Students interested in combining criminology and criminal justice into a single major may consider General Social Sciences with a concentration in Crime, Law, and Society.

GSS majors with a Crime, Law and Society concentration are not eligible for the criminology minor.



The criminology minor requires 4 core courses (16 credits) and 5 elective courses (20 credits) for a total of 36 credits. At least 20 credits must be at the upper-division level, and at least 24 credits must be taken at UO. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better). Up to three courses may count towards another major or minor. Courses taken for the criminology minor may count toward core education requirements.

Core Courses

Students must complete all four core courses for a total of 16 credits.

  • SOC 204. Introduction to Sociology
  • PS 106. Power, Politics, and Inequality
  • ANTH 176. Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC 380. Introduction: Deviance, Control, and Crime


Students must complete 20 elective credits from the courses below. Up to 4 credits of internship or practicum can be applied towards the minor.



Students seeking advising regarding the criminology minor should contact the Public Policy, Society, and Identity (PPSI) academic and career advisors in Tykeson Hall.

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