Forensic Studies Minor


The interdisciplinary forensic studies minor is designed to provide a background in criminal investigation, criminal evidence, and criminalistics. However, those students specifically interested in working in a forensic (crime) laboratory should also consider majoring in biology and/or chemistry.

Regardless of major, students may complete 18 hours of coursework to earn the interdisciplinary minor in forensic studies.  Requirements for the minor are described below.  In reviewing the requirements, please note the following:

1.  Three courses are required:  CRJU-320, Criminal Investigative Theory, which is offered in fall and spring semesters; CRJU-341, Introduction to Forensic Science, which is offered in fall semesters; and CRJU-481, Forensic Law, which is offered in spring semesters.

2.  A grade of "C" or higher is required for courses to count toward the minor.

3.  Criminal Justice majors may not count CRJU-360, Criminal Law and Evidence, for the minor.

4.  Multiple CRJU-490 Seminar courses may count toward the minor, so long as they are designated as "Forensic Studies" courses.

5.  Elective coursework for the minor must be taken from at least two disciplines.

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If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Tod Burke, the Forensic Studies Coordinator and Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences ( or 540-831-5149), or Dr. Stephen Owen, Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice ( or 540-831-6786).