A minor is a secondary academic subject you can focus on in addition to your major. Your minor can be directly connected to your major (a criminal justice major may minor in restorative justice) or unrelated (an art major may minor in diversity studies). If you have multiple interests, choosing a minor gives you an opportunity to learn more about another field you enjoy, or study an additional area that will be beneficial to your major.
In addition to supporting your education, declaring a minor can be beneficial when you’re applying for jobs or graduate school. Minors show employers and academic institutions that you’re a hard worker, flexible and able to handle a heavier workload. Visit with your advisor if you think a minor is for you.
This general minor gives you an understanding of diverse populations and how to apply this knowledge in your personal and professional life.
Learn more about Diversity Studies Minor.
A minor in criminal justice offers an advantage in career fields that intersect with law enforcement, such as sociology, social work and politics.
Learn more about Criminal Justice Minor
The minor is a great complement if you work in crime prevention or a restorative justice profession, such as a victim advocate, counselor, mediator, court officer, or probation and parole officer.
Learn more about Restorative Justice Minor.
The minor in criminal investigation and intelligence analysis offers a more detailed study of this core function of law enforcement and security operations.
Learn more about Investigation and Intelligence Analysis Minor
An undergraduate certificate allows you to engage with a focused program of study on a specific topic. Your certificate can be directly related to your major or focus on an unrelated area in which you would like to have specific training. If you have many interests, or simply haven’t decided how you want to tailor your undergraduate degree experience, earning a certificate can give you a level of competency and practical skills in coursework related to a field you’re interested in, while allowing you to keep your educational options open.
Certificates are available to all undergraduate students at OU. You may complete the certificate program while enrolled in an undergraduate program. The credit you take to complete the certificate may also be applied to requirements for an undergraduate degree.
This certificate provides an opportunity for students interested in providing relief to crime victims and combating recidivism while helping law enforcement, judicial and correctional organizations to be more responsive to their communities.
Learn more about Restorative Justice Certificate
This program introduces students to crime trend analysis and intelligence analysis, core functions of law enforcement and security operations that frequently support and augment criminal and security investigations.
Learn More about Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Analysis Certificate.