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Violence Prevention and Intervention Minor

The Human Services Violence Prevention and Intervention (VPI) minor is a multidisciplinary 20-credit curriculum focusing on violence prevention and intervention. Because the prevention of violence requires efforts across so many disciplines, the VPI minor draws on a number of fields to prepare students to work in a broad range of human services. The VPI concentration can increase students' competence in a variety of fields including general human services, public health, corrections and criminal justice, public policy, education, sociology, psychology, social work, gender studies, and nursing. These disciplines work together to promote effective prevention of and intervention in violence at the individual, family, and community levels. Students who are VPI minors study not only the theories and dynamics of interpersonal violence, but various approaches to responding to and preventing violence as well.


Students must complete at least one course in one of the following disciplines: Sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, human services, ethnic studies, gender studies, nursing, or criminal justice.

Requirements (all classes are 4 credits)

General requirements (8 credits):

Required VPI elective(s) (4-8 credits)* Choose one or two of the following*:

Required interdisciplinary elective(s) (4-8 credits)* Choose one or two of the following*:

*A total of 20 credits are needed. Students must take 5 classes for the minor. Students who take two VPI electives only need to take one interdisciplinary course. Students who take one VPI elective must take two interdisciplinary courses.

**CJS courses are three credits. If student takes a CJS elective, more than five courses will be needed for the minor.