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**:
- AMST 3762 Law, Latin@s, Illegality (View AMST 3762 Syllabus)
- AMST 3615/PAM 3610 Orange is the New Black (View AMST 3615/PAM 3610 Syllabus)
- ANTHR 4071 Through the Prison Threshold (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- ASRC 2241 Reading The New Jim Crow and Contemporary Modes of Racialization (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- ENGL 4100 Writing Behind Bars (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- GOVT 3001 Constitutional Law and U.S. Politics ( View GOVT 3001 Syllabus)
- GOVT 3002 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- GOVT 3012 The Politics of Poverty in the United States (View GOVT 3012 Syllabus)
- GOVT 3785 Civil Disobedience (View GOVT 3785 Syllabus)
- GOVT 4232 The Politics of the Inner City (View GOVT 4232 Syllabus)
- HIST 1600 History of Law: Great Trials (View HIST 1600 Syllabus)
- HIST 2422 History of the U.S. Prison (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- HIST 2423 Dazed and Confused (View HIST 2423 Syllabus)
- HIST 4945 The Birth of the Prison in 18th Century Europe and America (View HIST 4945 Syllabus)
- LAW 4051 The Death Penalty in America (View LAW 4051 Syllabus)
- LAW 7672 Race and the Criminal Justice System (View LAW 7672 Syllabus)
- PAM 2080 Confinement! (View PAM 2080 Syllabus)
- PMA 4680 Prison Theatre and the Possibilities of Transformation (View PMA 4680 Syllabus)
- SOC 2220 Controversies about Inequality (View SOC 2220 Syllabus)
- SOC 2460 Drugs & Society (View SOC 2460 Syllabus)
- SOC 3120 Urban Sociology (Please contact instructor for syllabus)
- SOC 3850 Mass Incarceration and Family Life (View SOC 3850 Syllabus)
**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.