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    Jun 20, 2024  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
American University Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Race, Politics, and Justice (Minor)

Administered jointly by the Department of Government , Department of Justice, Law and Criminology , and the Department of Public Administration and Policy , the Race, Politics, and Justice (Minor) is designed for students interested in understanding how race and ethnicity factor into the political and criminal justice fields. In addition to learning about the major topics in politics and justice, students learn how race and ethnicity shape, frame, influence, and guide many decisions that occur within those fields. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students gain understanding how public policy might have racial/ethnic influences and propose solutions to address the consequences of those policy decisions.

Minor Requirements

  • 21 credit hours with grades of C or better, a minimum of 9 credit hours at or above 300-level, with at least 3 credit hours at or above 400-level, and at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor 
    • No more than one transfer, AU Abroad, or Washington Semester course may be applied to the minor
    • No internship credit or one-credit courses may be applied toward the minor

Course Requirements

Electives (12 credit hours)

Note: Complete at least 3 credit hours at or above 300-level from one of the groups below.


Complete 3 credit hours from the following, with at least 3 credit hours at or above 300-level if not taken to fulfill Government or Justice, Law and Criminology electives, or other SPA courses approved by department chair: