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Department of Justice Studies
Moody Hall, Room 213
(540) 568-7124

http://www.jmu.edu/justicestudies/


Director
Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt

Professors
G. Hastedt, P. Plass, S. Spivey

Associate Professors
J. Peter Pham, C. Robinson

Assistant Professors
T. Beitzel, J. Buffington-Vollum,
T. Castle, W. Garriott, S. Jacob,
S. Vollum

Department of Justice Studies

Mission Statement
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:

Career Opportunities

The justice studies major includes opportunities for field work and career-related internships as part of the curriculum.

Transfer Credit
A maximum of three courses may be transferred into the justice studies major from other institutions. No transfer credit will be given for any course offered in the major at the 300 or 400 level.

Major and Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education
41
Philosophy course (except GPHIL 120. Critical Thinking)
3
Foreign language courses (intermediate level required)
1-14
Major requirements
38-44
Electives
18-38

 
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Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses
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
28-35

 
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Justice Studies Major Requirements

Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education courses
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
28-35

 
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Students must 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 six additional courses from the following. No more than two 200-level courses may be selected in completing the track.

Courses
Credits
JUST 210. Crime and Criminal Justice
3
JUST 212. Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice
3
Select six additional courses from the following:
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     JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies (when topic is appropriate)
     JUST 322. Understanding Violence
     JUST 323. Comparative Criminology
     JUST/SOCI 326. Victimology
     JUST 327. Criminal Law
     JUST 328. Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
     JUST 329. Perspectives on Law
     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:
3
     PSYC 250. Introduction to Abnormal Psychology (non-psychology majors)
     PSYC/JUST 255. Abnormal Psychology for Law Enforcement Personenel
     PSYC 335. Abnormal Psychology (for psychology majors)
     PSYC 312. Forensic Psychology
     PSYC/JUST 314. Police Psychology
     PSYC/JUST 316. Human Development and Crime
     SCOM 231. Introduction to Alternative Dispute Resolution
     SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
     SOCI 214. Social Deviance
     JUST/SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections
     SOCI 369. Law and Society  
Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

 
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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 six additional courses from the following. No more than two 200-level courses may be selected in completing the track.

Courses
Credits
POSC 230. International Relations
3
JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community
3
Select six additional courses from the following:
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     ANTH 340. The Invention of Race
     ANTH 364. U.S./Latin American Borders
     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 (when topic is appropriate)
     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.
     REL 270. Religious Ethics
     REL 450. Religion and Society (topics as relevant)
     SCOM 248. Intercultural Communication
     SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
     SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy
     SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
     SCOM 353. American Political Culture and Communication
     SOCI/ANTH/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies
     SOCI 360. Social Movements
     SOCI 369. Law and Society
     SOWK 487. Special Topics in Social Work  
Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

 
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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 six additional courses from the following. No more than two 200-level courses may be selected in completing the track.

Courses
Credits
JUST 221. Social Justice Theories
3
JUST 223. Social Justice Interventions and Policies
3
Choose one:
3
     FAM 133. The Contemporary Family
     SOCI 276. Sociology of Families
     FAM 330. Family Relations
     HIST 466. The Family, 1400-1800
     JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies (when topic is appropriate)
     PSYC/JUST 316. Human Development 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:
3
     SCOM 331. Communication and Conflict
     SOWK 487. Special Topics in Social Work
     SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy
     SCOM 352. Communication and Social Movements
     SCOM 431. Legal Communication
     SOCI 214. Social Deviance
     SOCI 265. Sociology of the Community
     SOCI 360. Social Movements
     SOWK 338. Issues and Policies in Family Services
     SOWK 340. Violence in Families
     SOWK 342. Child Welfare Services
     SOWK 387. Working with Teenagers  
     Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's      consent.

 
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Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year
Credit Hours
JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies
3
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (prerequisite for JUST 201) 1
3
Track core course
3

 
9

1 Can be counted for General Education, Cluster 3.

Second Year
Credit Hours
Track core course
3
Communication course
3
Track electives
6

 
12
   
Third Year
Credit Hours
JUST 100. Justice Studies Proseminar
1
JUST 201. Research Methods
4
JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice
3
Track electives
6

 
14
   
Fourth Year
Credit Hours
JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies
3
Track electives
3

 
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Criminal Justice Minor

Minor Adviser: Peggy Plass
Phone: (540) 568-7151
Location: Moody 118

The cross disciplinary minor in criminal 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. Refer to criminal justice for a full description of the requirements for this cross disciplinary minor.

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