Current Pitt students interested in a CGS minor in Law, Criminal Justice, & Society (LCJS), should apply directly with the College of General Studies. If you are a CGS student interested in adding this minor, please contact your CGS advisor.
Our 15-credit minor in LCJS is structured so that you can emphasize law-oriented courses or those more squarely focused on criminal justice. Whichever pathway you choose, you will complete a foundations course that situates law and criminal justice in a broader social and historical context.
In order to complete the minor, you will take 15 LCJS credits (five courses), as outlined below.
- At least three courses must be from the University of Pittsburgh.
- A 2.0 average GPA is required.
- Courses used for a minor cannot overlap with courses used for a major, minor, or a certificate.
- To be eligible for the LCJS internship, you must have completed all 9 non-elective credits in the LCJS minor. Students may apply up to 3 credits of LCJS 1900 to the LCJS minor.
Foundations: (3 Credits)
Complete one of these two LCJS courses:Format: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and Web
Theories of Crime or Criminal Law: (3 Credits)
Complete one of the following four courses:Format: WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and Web
Criminal Justice or Legal Institutions: (3 Credits)
Complete one of these five courses:Format: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and Web
LCJS Electives: (6 credits)
Complete two additional electives with an LCJS subject code. Please keep in mind that course selections must comprise a total of at least six credits.These courses can come from the lists above if not used to fulfill a specific area requirement and/or from the following list:Format: HybridFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: F2F and WebFormat: Web
Note: cross-listed with PUBSRV 1425Format: F2F and Web
- LCJS 1561 - JUVENILE DELINQUENCY or:
Note: available as of Spring 2024 | Format: WebFormat: WebFormat: HybridFormat: HybirdNote: In order to be eligible for the Preservice Internship (LCJS 1900), students must have completed all 9 non-elective credits for the LCJS minor prior to the start of the internship. This includes Foundations (3 credits), Theories of Crime or Criminal Law (3 credits), and Criminal Justice or Legal Institutions (3 credits).
- LCJS 1630 - WRITING IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROFESSIONS
Program Planning Checklist
Download our handy LCJS minor checklist (PDF) to plan and track your progress in the program.
Wesley Hiers, PhD
Director, Administration of Justice, Legal Studies, and LCJS
2203 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
University of Pittsburgh