Criminal Justice, Anthropology, and Forensic Studies
Anthropology studies people and cultures from around the world and through time. It covers a wide range of topics including forensic analysis of human remains, human evolution, the material remains of past cultures, and the world that humans create through their ideas and practices. Because anthropology is concerned with understanding human interaction, it is a useful minor for anyone planning a career that involves working with people, especially those from diverse cultures. A minor in anthropology also provides a global perspective and helps develop thinking skills critical to succeeding in business, research, teaching, advocacy, and public service.
Archaeology focuses on the systematic study of the human past through the excavation, recovery, and interpretation of artifacts and other associated material culture. Archaeologists are interested in the reconstruction of past lifeways and the interpretation of ancient social, political, and economic systems. A minor in archaeology will provide an introduction to past civilizations and cultures around the globe and to the analytical methods, techniques, and theories that archaeologists use. Students who complete the archaeology minor often pursue graduate training or find employment in areas such as writing or publishing, museums and galleries, government service, historical preservation, or careers in contract archaeology and cultural resource management.
The minor in Criminal Justice is designed to introduce students to the three major
of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections. The minor includes exposure
to the significant functions of the criminal justice system and seeks to expose students to
important issues in context to modern society. Course work for the minor is designed in such
a way to lead interested students to easily transition into the major.
The Forensic Studies minor is comprised of a core of three courses that represent an introduction to two key methodological areas within the forensic sciences- criminalistics and forensic anthropology- as well as an overview of the nature of forensic inquiry. Students will then select one course to more fully develop their skills in an advanced level forensic course. In addition, the students will select three supporting courses from a variety of majors on a forensically related topic.