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Mission
Justice studies is committed to offering an interdisciplinary, intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant course of study for persons interested in academic or applied careers in justice studies at the community, national or global level.
  Goals
To carry out this mission, justice studies seeks to:
  • help students develop a comprehensive understanding of justice studies.
  • examine and explain justice and injustice and their impact on individuals, communities, institutions and/or nations.
  • understand human behavior and interactive systems with a focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in justice contexts.
  • sharpen studentsí ability to think and reason critically, to practice sound methodological skills and to communicate effectively.
  • prepare students to utilize and produce scholarship in the field of justice studies.
Back to top of page Career Opportunities
The programs of study offered by the Accounting Program provide an educational experience intended to prepare students for a variety of careers in the accounting, financial, auditing, consulting and information systems fields. Some of the job titles held by graduates of our program include the following:
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law
  • Peace Corps
  • Nonprofit groups (national and international)
  • Human Services
  • Domestic and International Security
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Research and Graduate Study
The justice studies major includes opportunities for field work and career-related internships as part of the curriculum.
Back to top of page Admission to the Major
Students are admitted to the major by application only. Students interested in declaring a major in justice studies must declare justice studies prep prior to being eligible to enroll in the gateway course, JUST 200, Introduction to Justice Studies. Any student may declare justice studies prep. Declaring justice studies prep does not guarantee that the student will be accepted into justice studies. Justice studies prep students may take JUST 200 but are restricted from other justice studies courses until accepted into the major. During the semester in which students are enrolled in JUST 200, they may apply for admission to the major. The successful applicant will have achieved sophomore standing, a 2.5 GPA overall, and completed JUST 200 with a ďCĒ or better. Students should consult the head of justice studies for deadlines and a checklist of required application materials. In addition to JUST 200 students must take MATH 220 and GWRIT 103 in order to complete the prep major program and apply for the major. Students will be admitted as space is available.
Back to top of page Major and Degree Requirements
  Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education
41
Philosophy course (except GPHIL 120A)
3
Foreign Language courses (intermediate level required)
1-14
Major requirements
38-44
Electives
18-38

120
  Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies
Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education
41
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)
3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)
3-4
Major requirements (core courses and selected track)
38-44
Electives
18-35

120
Justice Studies Major Requirements
Core Courses
Credit Hours
JUST 100. Proseminar
1
JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies
3
JUST 201. Justice Research Methods
4
JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice Systems
3
JUST 400. Senior Seminars in Justice Studies
3
SCOM 220. Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
3

17
Students select one track.

Track A. Crime and Criminology
This track focuses on the nature, causes and solutions for crime, primarily in the USA.

All students in Track A must take JUST 210, Crime and Criminal Justice, and JUST 212, Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice.

Students select five additional courses. Select from the following:

  • JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies
  • JUST 322. Understanding Violence
  • JUST 323. Comparative Criminology
  • JUST/SOCI 326. Victimology
  • JUST 327. Criminal Law
  • JUST 328. Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies
  • JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies
  • PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment and Justice
  • PHIL 367. Topics in Philosophy of Law
  • POSC 326. Civil Rights
  • POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
  • Choose one of the following:
    • PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (non-psychology majors)
    • PSYC/JUST 255. Abnormal Psychology for Law Enforcement (non-psychology majors)
    • PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology (for psychology majors)
  • PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology
  • PSYC/JUST 314. Police Psychology
  • PSYC/JUST 316. Developmental Psychology and Crime
  • SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
  • SOCI 214. Social Deviance
  • SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections
  • SOCI 369. Law and Society
  • Other courses may be substituted with adviserís and department chairís consent.

Track B. Global Justice and Policy
This track focuses on issues of justice in global context, including international political and economic relations, international law, the global environment, human rights, and the encounter between cultures. Across the many disciplines embraced by this track, the topic of achieving justice in its plurality of manifestations serves as a unifying element.

All students in Track B must take POSC 230, International Relations and JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community.

Students select five additional courses. Select from the following:

  • ANTH 265. People and Cultures of Latin America/Caribbean
  • ANTH 280. People and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • ANTH 340. Race, Nation and Culture
  • ANTH 364. US/Latin American Borders
  • ANTH 380. Chinese Society and Culture
  • GSOCI 210. Social Issues in a Global Context
  • HIST. Any 300-level history course that is centered on a world region (other than North America) and that includes coverage of the 20th century.
  • JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies
  • JUST/POSC 372. Ethics and International Politics
  • JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies
  • JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies
  • PHIL 270. Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment and Justice
  • PHIL 335. The Individual, the State and Justice
  • PHIL 367. Topics in Philosophy of Law
  • POSC/JUST 392. Peace Studies
  • POSC 395. International Law
  • POSC 396. International Organizations
  • POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
  • POSC. Any 300-level POSC course that is regionally focused.
  • PUAD 323. Comparative Criminal Justice
  • REL 270. Religious Ethics
  • REL 450. Religion and Society (topics as relevant): Reconciliation
  • SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
  • Choose one:
    • SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
    • SOWK 487. Topics: Conflict and Mediation
  • SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy
  • SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
  • SCOM 353. Political Communication
  • SOCI/ANTH/SOWK 348. Third World Societies: An Introduction
  • SOCI 360. Modern Social Movements
  • SOCI 369. Law and Society
  • Other courses may be substituted with adviserís and department chairís consent.

Track C. Social Justice
This track focuses on aspects of social justice; how individuals, families, organizations, communities and societies engage in social justice. This includes legislation, course action, and federal, state, and municipal programs as well as local efforts such as restorative justice, alternative dispute resolution, victim support, abuse prevention, and community organizing.

Students in Track C must take JUST 221, Social Justice Theories, and JUST 223, Social Justice Interventions and Policies.

Students select five additional courses. Select from the following:

  • Choose one:
    • FAM 133. The Contemporary Family
    • SOCI 276. Sociology of the Family
  • FAM 330. Family Relations
  • HIST 466. The Family
  • JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies
  • JUST/PSYC 316. Developmental Psychology and Crime
  • JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies
  • JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies
  • PHIL 270. Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 335. The Individual, the State and Justice
  • SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
  • Choose one:
    • SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
    • SOWK 487. Topics: Conflict and Mediation
  • SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy
  • SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
  • SCOM 431. Legal Communication
  • SOCI 214. Social Deviance
  • SOCI 265. Sociology of Community
  • SOCI 360. Modern Social Movements
  • SOWK 338. Issues and Policies in Family Services
  • SOWK 340. Violence in the Family
  • SOWK 342. Child Welfare
  • SOWK 387. Working with Teens
  • Other courses may be substituted with adviserís and department chairís consent.
Back to top of page Recommended Schedule for Majors
First Year
Credit Hours
JUST 200. Introduction to Justice
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (prerequisite for JUST 201)1
3

6
1 Can be counted for General Education, Cluster 3.
   
Second Year
Credit Hours
JUST 100. Pro Seminar
1
JUST 201. Research Methods
4
Communication course
3
Track Requirements
6

14
   
Third Year
Credit Hours
JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice
3
Track Requirement
3
Track Electives
6

12
   
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies
3
Track Electives
9

12
Back to top of page Criminal Justice Minor
  • Peggy Plass, Minor Adviser
The interdisciplinary minor in ciminal justice is designed for students who are preparing for careers in law enforcement, corrections, judicial administration or other areas related to the study or management of crime, either directly upon graduation or after further graduate training. For a full description of the requirements for the minor in criminal justice, see ďInterdisciplinary Programs."