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JMU Major: Justice Studies

Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors |
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major

Description of the Major

The major is a part of the Department of Justice Studies, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

Justice Studies is not a criminal justice major that takes crime as a given and then examines the proper procedures and methods for solving it; it is a major that examines conditions and behaviors that are often defined as crimes and studies them from a variety of angles in hopes of coming to a better understanding of them. The major looks at justice problems at the international, national and local levels with the goal of helping students develop their own definitions and understanding of justice.

Degrees Offered






Criminal Justice

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Justice Studies major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head in Moody Hall, room 213A.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.