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Open to both RC and LSA students, RC minors offer programs of interdisciplinary study in areas of contemporary relevance and high student interest. The five RC minors –Crime and Justice, Drama: Text-to-Performance, Peace and Social Justice, Science, Technology and Society, and Urban/Community Studies – offer students academic pathways that combine areas of learning and doing in ways that can either elaborate – or stand in juxtaposition to – their undergraduate concentration.

You can download a copy of the RC Major/Minor Declaration form below.
Please note that you must meet with a RC advisor to complete your major/minor declaration.

For an appointment with a RC advisor, please contact:
The RC Academic Services Office
1816 East Quad


Crime and Justice

The past thirty years have seen a dramatic increase in prison populations — fueled by the centrality of crime and fear of crime to American politics. This academic minor melds concepts from the history of crime and criminal law, theories of crime and punishment, and societal circumstances that propel unequal demographics of criminality.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Crime and Justice must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 1816 East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None for the Academic minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the academic minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program: A minimum of five courses (at least 15 credits), to be elected from categories as outlined.

1. Core Course:
SOC 368 Criminology

2. Electives
One course from each of the following three areas (at least two of which must be at the 300 level and above)

Group A: Contexts and Perspectives on the Problems of Crime and Punishment

AAS 303/Soc 303
Race and Ethnic Relations
AAS 324 Dealing with the Past: Doing Justice in South Africa
AAS 322/Environ 335 Introduction to Environmental Politics: Race, Class and Gender
AAS 334/Amcult 336/History 365 Popular Culture in Contemporary Black America
AAS 420/Anthrocult 347 Race and Ethnicity
AAS 426 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
Amcult 304/Soc 304 American Immigration
Amcult 337 American Blues Music
AmCult 399 Race in America
Amcult/History 369 US Mass Culture from Minstrely to Hip Hop
Amcult/Hist374 Politics and Culture of the Sixties
Amcult 421/Soc 423 Stratification
Anthroul 453/AAS 454 African-American Culture
Arch/UP 357 Architecture, Sustainability, and the City
Comm 318/Psych 318 Media and Violence
Environ 222 Introduction to Environmental Justice
Environ 407 Sustainable Cities
Environ 408 Land Use Policy, Law and the Environment
Hist 272 The Modern Civil Rights Movement
Hist/WmStud 375 History of Witchcraft
Phil 224 Global Justice
Phil 355 Contemporary Moral Problems
POLISCI 307 Topics in American Political Thought
POLISCI 319 Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
RCSSci/AAS 330 Urban and Community Studies
SOC/AAS 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
SOC 435 Urban Inequality and Conflict

B. Disciplinary Approaches to the Problems of Crime and Punishment

AAS 248 Crime, Race, and the Law
AAS 450/451 Law, Race and the Historical Process (I & II)
Anthrcul 333 Non-Western Legal Systems
Anthrcul/Wmstu/RCSci 428 Sex Panics
Comm 425 Internet, Society, and the Law
Hist/Judaic St 257 Law in the Pre-modern World
Hist345/RCSSci 357 History and Theory of Punishment
Hist 477 Law, History, and the Dynamics of Social Change
Hist 497/004 War on Crime/War on Drugs
Note: History Colloquia (496/497) on appropriate topics may count, with permission
Judaic 265/Hist 256 Introduction to Jewish Law
Phil 359 Law and Philosophy
PO|SC 364 Public International Law
Psych 488/Soc 465/Wmstu 465 Sociological Analysis of Deviance
SOC 270 Gender and the Law
SOC 454 Law and Society

C. Direct Encounters with the Problems of Crime and Punishment

Psych 211 Project Outreach (appropriate sections)
SOC 389 Project Community (appropriate sections)
RC Hums 334 Theater and Incarceration (PCAP)
RC Core 301/302 Internship/Seminar with Semester in Detroit (appropriate placements)
A&D 312 Art Workshops in Prison (PCAP)
Thtrems 399/009 The Atonement Project (PCAP) RC Core 334/001

Seeking Other Electives that will fit the Crime and Justice Minor?

In addition to registering for specific approved courses, you can also look for courses being taught by approved instructors.

This is a list of professors who might be teaching a course related to this minor. Feel free to search their names in the course catalog for the upcoming term. If you think a given course fits the major, you must get formal approval from the CJ minor advisor, Heather Thompson, before registering for that course. Please send the course description to:

Akil, Huda: Neuroscience

Alexander, Amanda: DAAS and Law

Bright, Charles: RC and History

Christman, Philip: English

Countryman, Matthew: History and American Culture

Darby, Derrick: Philosophy

Davenport, Christian: Political Science

Draus, Paul: Sociology and Anthropology

Jackson, James: Psychology

Jacobson, Carol: Women’s Studies and Stamps

Krippner, Greta: Sociology

Lassiter, Matthew: History and American Culture

Lucas, Ashley: Theater and Dance and the RC

Meisler, Richard: American Culture

Mickey, Robert: Political Science

Miller, Reuben: Social Work and the RC

Mishkin, Alice Ogle: School of Social Work

Morenoff, Jeffrey: Sociology and Policy

Paul, Janie: Stamps and Social Work

Pinals, Debra: Psychiatry

Reingold, Paul: Law

Ryan, Joseph: Social Work

Santacroce Dasanta, David: Law

Sarri, Rosemary: Social Work

Savolainen, Jukka: Political and Social Research

Schlanger, Margo: Law

Starr, Sonja: Law

Sweeney, Megan: DAAS and English

Tapia, Ruby: Women’s Studies and English

Thacher, David: Policy and Urban Planning

Thompson, Heather Ann: DAAS, the RC, History

Ward, Stephen: DAAS and the RC

Wingfield, Isaac: The RC

Drama: Text to Performance

The purpose of a “Text-to-Performance” minor is to introduce undergraduates to the complexities of dramatic interpretation – how a text on the page is realized on the stage by actors and directors. It will occupy a position equidistant between the literary study of plays and a theater training in performance. Students will be introduced to textual analysis, to the interpretive work of director and dramaturge, and to the challenges of acting (and designing) stage productions.

Justification of Need
Many students come to the UM/LSA with a background or interest in theater, but unless they choose to pursue a pre-professional program, they are largely limited to the study of drama as literature in the English major. The RC Drama Program has built a curriculum and presence in the Residential College that combines the study of text and context with stage productions of the plays that are studied. By developing an undergraduate minor, open to LSA students as well as to RC students who are pursuing concentrations in other areas, the RC seeks to increase the population of students who combine the serious study of dramatic literature with practical theater work. The minor combines literature with performance in a focused interdisciplinary approach that will foster more informed theater-makers and theater-goers, as well as more sophisticated readers of dramatic literature.

See more information about the Drama: Text-to-Performance minor here.

Science, Technology and Society

Technology often precipitates the most drastic, most revolutionary changes in how societies and cultures engage one another. The Science, Technology, and Society (STS) minor helps students see beyond the veneer of policy issues to learn about the raw changes in our tools and methods. STS studies the ethical, environmental, and social implications of new tools and methods—and how these affect the developing world. Please note: RC Social Science concentrators may not elect this as a separate minor.

Urban Studies

As the nature of American communities continues to change, a more active study is demanded to address social issues. The Urban Studies minor allows students to engage their coursework from historical and theoretical perspectives— combined with practice in community service. The minor weaves together African-American Studies, social work, urban studies, and other fields. Please note: students must develop a specific plan for completion of this minor.