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.