Take an in-depth look into all aspects of the juvenile justice system in the University of Central Missouri’s Juvenile Justice minor. UCM is one of the only universities in the region to offer an entire program dedicated to developing your skills in this important field.
Instead of just one or two broad courses, you can take a wide variety of focused juvenile justice classes at UCM to prepare you for success in your career. Study topics ranging from childhood development to youth legal issues to ensure you have a strong foundation of knowledge upon graduation.
Experienced faculty mentors
Every faculty member you’ll learn from in this undergraduate program has practical experience in the juvenile justice field. Because of that, they’ll be able to pass along first-hand accounts of what it’s like working with justice-involved youth — and what you can expect when you enter the workforce.
Flexible online program options
UCM’s Juvenile Justice program meets you where you are by offering both in-person and fully online program options for the minor. Whether you’re remote or in the classroom, you’ll get the same level of focused attention from faculty, engaging classes and the opportunity to attend virtual or face-to-face speaking events.
Flexible online program options
25 students per class, on average
All faculty have field experience
The University of Central Missouri’s Juvenile Justice minor prepares you to enter a field that is shifting its focus from punishment to trauma-informed care and rehabilitation. Through your coursework and experiential learning opportunities, you’ll study addiction, resilience, law and policy, health care, international policies and human services to inform your professional approach in this evolving field.
As part of UCM’s commitment to provide you with an education that spans the entire system of criminal justice, you’ll take juvenile justice courses that give you a well-rounded understanding of the field and the issues present within it. Your undergraduate classes may include:
See classroom concepts brought to life at the University of Central Missouri. The Juvenile Justice minor program includes learning opportunities that show you how textbook lessons apply to real life through engaging experiential activities.
UCM alumni who have completed a minor in Juvenile Justice have found successful employment at organizations such as:
If you choose to continue your education before entering the workforce, the Juvenile Justice minor paired with a related major will prepare you to enter a graduate program that focuses on providing youth services.
Juvenile justice jobs
Explore job possibilities in juvenile justice using the interactive tool below. You can also learn about projected job growth in the field, salary details and career paths.
The University of Central Missouri sets you up for success right from the start. We offer affordable, competitive tuition and a wide range of options to help you finance your college education. That means you’ll graduate with a high-value degree and fewer student loans than students at other institutions.
Work with our financial aid counselors to explore educational funding for your undergraduate degree. You may be eligible for scholarships, grants, tuition awards, federal financial aid and more.
Additionally, UCM’s Alumni Association offers scholarships specifically to students in certain undergraduate programs and majors. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Strengthen your resume and professional skills by adding an undergraduate certificate from UCM to your educational plan.
If you’re interested in the juvenile justice system, youth services and trauma-informed care and rehabilitation, you may also want to explore the following undergraduate minors at UCM.