The Minor in Juvenile Justice promotes awareness and understanding of youth behavior and juvenile justice systems with a special emphasis on reform. This minor is designed to provide students with a comprehensive education that will prepare them for related careers in the field of human services as it relates to youth, crime and justice. The program introduces students to the broad and unique understanding of the social conditions that lead to involvement in the justice system and strategies necessary to change them. Students will learn about the juvenile justice system and how to work with youth and families inside and outside of the legal system.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Analyze the origins, development, and contemporary manifestations of U.S. juvenile justice systems, with particular attention to reform efforts and interventions strategies.
- Analyze how social inequities lead to youth legal system involvement, particularly those related to race, class, gender, geography and age.
- Evaluate delinquency intervention strategies, their impact, and the consequences of such interventions on the lives of system-involved youth.