There are a variety of ties between crime and economic conditions, with causality running both directions. Economic conditions may act as a causal factor for many classes of crime, and crime has distinct economic impacts, including costs to victims and the use of public resource devoted to crime control. The interaction between crime and economic activity is ubiquitous, significant and often subtle. Deeper understanding of economic behavior and economics of public policy would enhance the professional prospects of students taking a major in Criminology & Criminal Justice.
The courses listed below are sufficient to qualify for the minor and are closely related to Criminology and Criminal Justice studies. However, other courses at the 300 level can replace these to design an alternative program for a minor in economics.