OU Extended Campus Announces New Criminal Justice Minor


OU Extended Campus Announces New Criminal Justice Minor

Students can now add a solid foundation in the workings of the American criminal justice system to their academic coursework with the new Criminal Justice minor developed by OU Extended Campus.

This 15-hour program, which can be completed 100% online, includes studies in theories of policing, criminal behavior, American judicial processes and the American correctional system, with an emphasis on courts and criminal procedure, corrections and emerging issues and trends in the law enforcement field.

“There are a lot of degree programs at the university that can be enhanced by putting a criminal justice slant on them.”

“Criminal justice, by its nature, is interdisciplinary,” said Dr. Todd Wuestewald, Lead Faculty and Assistant Professor for the Extended Campus Criminal Justice program. “There are a lot of degree programs at the university that can be enhanced by putting a criminal justice slant on them.”

Individuals can learn a lot about what society prioritizes by understanding what it criminalizes, which can be just as revealing about who we are as a people as what we choose to value, our goals, and what we aspire to. Wuestewald believes this new minor is a great option for adding that focused area of study in Criminal Justice to coursework in sociology, social work, political science, anthropology, counseling, forensic science, administrative leadership and computer forensics/cyber security, as well as students headed to law school—career fields that are likely to intersect with law enforcement.

“The four required courses for the Criminal Justice minor will focus on the three main legs of the criminal justice system—corrections, the courts and law enforcement,” he said, “with a fourth emphasis on theories about what causes crime in the first place. Students can finish out the minor with a course on whatever issues most interest them—drugs in society, human trafficking, homeland security, cybercrime, restorative justice, etc.”

Students interested in adding a Criminal Justice minor to their curriculum should consult with their advisor to complete a minor request form, or contact the OU Extended Campus Online academic advisors at pacs.ou.edu/current-students/advisors or by phone at (405) 325-1061.

To learn more about the Criminal Justice program, contact Dr. Todd Wuestewald at twuestewald@ou.edu.

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