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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:

  • 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 students' 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.

Career Opportunities

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

  • Peace Corps
  • Non-government organizations
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law
  • Nonprofit groups (national and international)
  • Human services
  • Domestic and international security
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Research and graduate study

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.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

Credit Hours

General Education

41

Philosophy course 1

3

Foreign language courses (intermediate level required)

1-14

Major requirements (core courses and selected tracks)

41

Electives

18-38


 

120

1 Any GPHIL or PHIL course except GPHIL 120 or GPHIL 150. Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements at http://www.jmu.edu/registrar/BA_and_BS_Degree_Courses.shtml.

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)

41

Electives

28-35


 

120

Justice Studies Major Requirements

Core Courses

Credit Hours

JUST 100. Proseminar

1

JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies

3

JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice Systems

3

JUST 399. Justice Research Methods

4

JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies

3

Choose one of the following (which is not required for your track):

3

JUST 210. Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

 

JUST 212. Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice

 

JUST 221. Social Justice Theories

 

JUST 223. Social Justice Interventions and Policies

 

JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community

 


 

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Students must select one of the following tracks:

  • Track A. Crime and Criminology
  • Track B. Global Justice and Policy
  • Track C. Social Justice

Track A. Crime and Criminology

This track focuses on the nature, causes and solutions for crime, primarily but not exclusively in the United States.

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. At least four of the six electives must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Select six additional courses from the following:

18

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies (when topic is appropriate) 1

 

JUST/PSYC 314. Police Psychology

 

JUST 315. Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System

 

JUST/PSYC 316. Developmental Psychology and Crime

 

JUST 317. Victimization of Children

 

JUST 318. Sex Offenders

 

JUST 319. Psychopathology and Crime

 

JUST 320. Organized Crime

 

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

 

JUST 323. Comparative Criminal Justice

 

JUST 324. Death Penalty

 

JUST/SOCI 326. Victimology

 

JUST 327. Criminal Law

 

JUST 329. Perspectives on Law

 

JUST/SOCI/SOWK 330. Corrections

 

JUST 334. Media and Justice

 

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

 

JUST 343. Interpersonal Dynamics and Justice

 

JUST 344. Marginalized Populations

 

JUST 345. Restorative Justice

 

JUST 347. Drugs, Politics and Society

 

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

 

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies 1

 

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies 1

 

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar 1

 

JUST 404. Community Based Research 1

 

PHIL 325. Crime, Punishment and Justice

 

POSC 326. Civil Rights

 

POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism

 

PSYC 415. Forensic Psychology 2

 

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

 


 

18

1 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track A when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their advisers or the academic unit head.

2 Course is only open to students who are double majoring in Psychology.

Track B. Global Justice and Policy

This track explores issues of justice in global context. Most prominent among them are questions of security, equity and equality. Courses in this track address the individual, group and state dimensions of these and related issues in a diverse set of policy areas including democratization, cultural identity, developmental, environmental protection, conflict resolution and human rights.

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. At least four of the six elective courses must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Select six additional courses from the following:

18

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies 2

 

JUST 320. Organized Crime

 

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

 

JUST 323. Comparative Criminal Justice

 

JUST 324. Death Penalty

 

JUST/POSC 331. Human Rights

 

JUST 333. Negotiations

 

JUST 334. Media and Justice 2

 

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

 

JUST 345. Restorative Justice

 

JUST 346. Intervention, Reconciliation and Justice in World Affairs

 

JUST 350. Globalization and Justice

 

JUST 353. Justice and Development

 

JUST 354. Societal Conflicts

 

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

 

JUST/POSC 372. Ethics and International Politics

 

JUST/POSC 373. Rebuilding Post Conflict Societies

 

JUST 374. War and Justice

 

JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century

 

JUST 377. Global Futures

 

JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies

 

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies 2

 

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies 2

 

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar 2

 

JUST 404. Community Based Research 2

 

PHIL 335. The Individual, the State and Justice

 

POSC 395. International Law

 

POSC 396. International Organizations

 

POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism

 

SCOM 332. Mediation

 

SCOM 342. Argument and Advocacy

 

SOCI 342. Muslim Movements in the Middle East

 

SOCI/ANTH/SOWK 348. Introduction to Developing Societies

 

SOCI 360. Social Movements

 

Any 300-level anthropology course that is centered on a world region (other than North America) 1

 

Any 300-level history course that is centered on a world region (other than North America) and that includes coverage of the 20th century 1

 

Any 300-level political science course that is regionally focused 1

 

Any 300-level religion course with a contemporary and international focus

 

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

 


 

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1 Only one course from this option may be counted towards the major.
2 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track B when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their adviser or the department head.

Track C. Social Justice

This track is designed to investigate what is fair, equitable and just for society. Emphasizing the oppression and liberation of vulnerable, exploited and marginalized populations, this curriculum promotes sustainable and just solutions to social, political and economic problems.

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. At least four of the six electives must have a JUST identifier.

Courses

Credit Hours

Choose from the following:

18 

ANTH 340. The Invention of Race

 

HIST/SOCI 338. U.S. Urban Social History

 

JUST 301. Special Topics in Justice Studies 1

 

JUST 315. Mental Illness and Criminal Justice

 

JUST 322. Understanding Violence

 

JUST 324. Death Penalty

 

JUST 334. Media and Justice 1

 

JUST 341. Gender and Justice

 

JUST 343. Interpersonal Dynamics and Justice

 

JUST 344. Marginalized Populations

 

JUST 357. Environmental Justice

 

JUST 375. Genocide in the 20th Century

 

JUST/POSC 392. Peace Studies

 

JUST 401. Internship in Justice Studies 1

 

JUST 402. Advanced Research in Justice Studies 1

 

JUST 403. Nelson Institute Seminar 1

 

JUST 404. Community Based Research 1

 

POSC 326. Civil Rights

 

POSC 348. Politics of Cultural Pluralism

 

POSC 383. Women and Politics

 

PSYC 310. Psychology of Women and Gender 2

 

PSYC 320. Diversity Issues in Psychology

 

REL/SOCI 322. Sociology of Religion

 

REL 450. Religion and Society

 

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnicity

 

SOCI 354. Social and Cultural Stratification

 

SOCI 367. Sociology of Sexuality

 

Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser's and department chair's consent.

 


 

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1 These courses may be taken for elective credit in Track C when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their advisers or the department head.

2 Course is only open to students who are double majoring in Psychology. 

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Credit Hours

JUST 200. Introduction to Justice Studies

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (prerequisite for JUST 3991

3

Track core course

3


 

9

 

Second Year

Credit Hours

Track foundation course

3

Outside track foundation course

3

Track electives

6


 

12

 

Third Year

Credit Hours

JUST 100. Justice Studies Proseminar

1

JUST 300. Perspectives on Comparative Justice

3

JUST 399. Research Methods

4

Track electives

9


 

17

 

Fourth Year

Credit Hours

JUST 400. Senior Seminar in Justice Studies

3

Track electives

3


6

1 Can be counted for General Education, Cluster 3.

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.