The Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Minor is an interdisciplinary and innovative program that embodies the core values of Rutgers University–Camden. Whether in a social work office, a juvenile treatment facility, or in a local school, the juvenile justice minor program gives students access to experience civic engagement with our community while being challenged in creative thinking and problem-solving.

This minor represents an integrative approach that exposes students to specialized knowledge across disciplines, while also providing preparation and experiential learning for those who plan to work in the juvenile justice system or other youth-related fields. Studying in this program enriches student experiential learning, which will in turn contribute in a practical way to individuals in the wider Camden area. 

Curriculum

This minor program requires 18 credits as set forth below. Required courses satisfy 9 credits (3 courses), and elective courses satisfy the other 9 credits (3 courses).

At least 3 of the 6 courses taken must be outside of your major.

Required Courses (9 Credits total)

Required Courses – 9 credits: Students minoring in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development must take:

    • 50:202:322 – Juvenile Justice, (3 credits)
    • 50:830:326 – Psychology of Adolescence, (3 credits)
    • A 3-credit course (satisfied by one of the following courses) with a significant experiential learning component relevant to juvenile justice and youth development.
      Students taking any course except 50:202:372 must receive pre-approval of the site placement or activity associated with the course from the program in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development. (Students taking 50:202:372 will be working one-on-one with at-risk or justice-system involved youth.)
      • 50:202:372 – Gender Advocacy in Juvenile Justice II, (3 credits)
      • 50:202:404 – Internship in Criminal Justice (pre-approval required), (3 credits)
      • 50:830:493 – Applied Experience in Psychology(pre-approval required), (3 credits)
      • 50:910:220 – Introduction to Social Work and Social Services (pre-approval required), (3 credits)
      • 50:910:476 – Child Welfare Services and Practices (pre-approval required), (3 credits)
Electives (9 Credits total)

ELECTIVES – 9 credits:

Criminal Justice

    • 50:202:310 – Juvenile Delinquency
    • 50:202:337 – Poor, Minorities and Justice
    • 50:202:363 – Topics in Juvenile Justice (topics can vary)
    • 50:202:371 – Gender Advocacy in Juvenile Justice I
    • 50:202:372 – Gender Advocacy in Juvenile Justice II

Sociology

    • 50:920:306 – Sociology of the Family
    • 50:920:313 – Theories of Crime and Delinquency
    • 50:920:323 – Sociology of Childhood and Adolescence
    • 50:920:344 – Sociology of Deviance
    • 50:920:345 – Sociology of Education

Anthropology

    • 50:070:308 – Childhood and Culture
    • 50:070:313 – Child Health and Illness

Psychology

    • 50:830:203 – The Psychology of Minority Groups
    • 50:830:226 – Psychology of Childhood
    • 50:830:440 – Developmental Psychopathology

Childhood Studies

    • 50:163:101 – Introduction to Childhood Studies
    • 50:163:250 – Child Health and Disparities
    • 50:163:320 – History of Youth
    • 50:163:382 – Urban Education
    • 50:163:383 – Youth Identities and Urban Ecology
    • 50:163:481 – Child Well-Being

Social Work

    • 50:910:352 – Groups at Risk in Contemporary Society

Contact

To minor in Juvenile Justice and Youth Development contact your academic advisor