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Qualifying Courses


To satisfy the requirements of the minor, a student must earn a minimum of 15 credits and complete 5 qualifying, interdisciplinary courses. Since this minor is interdisciplinary, students may not take all five courses from the same department.  Among the 5 qualifying courses, students are required to:

  • Successfully complete GOVT/AMST 3141 Prisons (View GOVT 3141 Syllabus ) or GOVT 3152 Prisons, Politics, Policy
  • Successfully complete GOVT 3142 Incarceration, Policy Response, and Self-Reflection(View GOVT 3142 Syllabus)(or its equivalent, pending approval by the minor’s Faculty Director).
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for at least one class taught by the Prison Education Program at either the Auburn, Cayuga, Five Points, or Elmira Correctional Facilities. Students may also serve in a teaching assistant capacity at MacCormick Secure Facility or Finger Lakes Residential Center. In these Teaching Assistant roles, students are expected to prepare and participate in classes held at New York State Correctional Facilities.

Students are required to earn a minimum grade of C+ on all classes to be used toward the minor.


Students may enroll in any of the following courses to meet the minor elective requirements**:

**This list is not definitive, students may earn credit for alternative courses they would like to substitute for their minor electives so long as they obtain prior approval from the Faculty Director. Please note, the sample syllabi posted above are meant to provide a general overview of what each course offers; specific readings, guest lectures, and assignments may vary from semester to semester.





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