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Again this semester JMU is using the automated wait list system changing the way in which students obtain overrides.  If a course is closed you will be given the opportunity to place your name on a wait list for that course/section.  Students will be taken off of the wait list on a first-come-first served basis.

Being placed on the wait list does not mean you are enrolled in the course or that you will be enrolled in it.  If you are first on the waitlist this means that should one person drop the course you will be added and you will receive an email from the registrar informing you of this.  If you are fifth on the waitlist then five students must drop for you to be added.  The more popular the course the less likely drops are to take place so take this into account in putting your schedule together.  Do not leave yourself with too few credits for a full load or to graduate on time.

 Justice Studies will use this format for all courses except just 399 and just 400.  You will still put your name on the wait list but we will put students into the course on a case-by case basis.

This means it is extremely important that you make sure you do not have any holds on your records that prevent you from registering. 

**Should you have any problems registering you need to contact the department immediately.**







  • JUST 200 is a prerequisite for all JUST courses.  You must have successfully completed JUST 200 in order to take any other JUST course.   JUST 200 may NOT be taken during the same semester as any other JUST-designated course.  There are no exceptions to this.   You may enroll in a 200 level JUST foundation course(s) for the following semester while you are enrolled in JUST 200, but if you fail JUST 200, you may not take other JUST courses until you pass the course.
  • JUST 200 and a track foundation course are requirements for all 300 level courses.  You must have completed JUST 200 and have completed or be enrolled in a track foundation course in order to register for JUST 300 level courses for the following semester.
  • All majors must complete 6 elective courses designated for your track.  Only two of these electives may be non-JUST-designated courses.  Four of them must be JUST-designated courses. CRJU courses do not count for track elective credit unless permission is given by the department head. 
  • JUST majors need to take both foundation courses in their track and one JUST designator foundation course from outside their track.  POSC 230 does not count as the non track foundation course.  Enrolling in any JUST foundation course (210, 212, 221, 223, 235) makes you eligible to sign up for JUST 300 level courses the following semester. 





Do not sign up for classes if you have not met prerequisites in the course descriptions in the catalog without the permission of the department head.  You will be required to drop the classes for which you have not met prerequisites



On Line Courses:

JUST 100

JUST 200, section 1  (sections 2 and 3 are being held back for incoming freshman majors)

JUST 301, section  4, White Collar Crime


Regular Courses and Special Topics:

JUST 100: Advisory
In spite of its low course number this course is geared for juniors and seniors. We focus on resume writing, interviewing skills, looking for internships and looking for jobs.  This is an on-line course.  It is graded pass/fail.

GJUST 225:  Justice in American Society
This is a general education course and does NOT carry credit in the major.

JUST 301: Special Topics in Justice Studies:  Each section of JUST 301 deals with a different topic. See below for information regarding what track the different sections count toward. Students may take multiple sections of JUST 301 and have them count toward meeting their requirements in the major.  In each case we note for which track the section counts.  A list of tracks other courses offered by the department count for is found on the homepage and in the other document sent out with this memo. 

  • JUST 301, section 2:     Crime and Justice    

This course counts for tracks A&C


  • JUST 301, section 3:  Social Movements

This course counts for tracks A, B & C


  • JUST 301, section 4:  Revolutions

This course counts for track B    


  • JUST 301, section 5:  White Collar Crime (online)  

This course counts for track A

  • JUST 301, section 6:  Indigenous Peoples    

This course counts for tracks B & C 


  • JUST 301, section 7:  Domestic Violence

This course counts for tracks A & C

  • JUST 301, section 8:  Prison Literature  

This course counts for tracks A &C  (This course will examine the writings and prison experiences of those charged with “political crimes.”  It will focus on the U.S.)





JUST 400 sections:  Senior Seminar


1.  Graduating seniors must make JUST 400 the first course they select in constructing a schedule.  We have sufficient room for all seniors who have submitted graduation applications per our instructions in a previous email. 

The following table provides information that will help you in making your selections among JUST 400 sections.  All sections anticipate full student involvement in class discussions and any presentations that may be required as well as reading all assigned material. 


 Paper assignment



20-25 page paper (including literature review, research proposal and policy analysis)

Prisoner Confinement and Reentry


Series of  5 and 10 page policy briefs

Governance & stability in post conflict societies  (focus will be on security, policing, humanitarian, democratization  and development issues once conflict ends)


JUST 401: Internships

Internship inquiries for the fall 2013 should be directed to Dr. Hastedt. Requirements are listed on our web site. Please note that 240 hours of work are required. This can be quite difficult to accomplish in an academic semester. Most students do internships over the summer. An internship is not required for the Justice Studies major.  Students must be enrolled in the internship course the semester it is being carried out in order to earn academic credit.

JUST 499: Honors

All students who are doing an honors thesis in the department regardless of what stage in the process they are in or who their advisor is must enroll in JUST 499 A,B or C. The course will meet periodically.  Interested students should contact Dr. Hastedt for enrollment information and permission.




The 2014 summer school schedule has just been released. Please read it carefully if you are considering going to summer school at JMU.  Justice Studies is offering both on-line classes and traditional summer class at JMU.


Here are some important items:


As of right now, all of our traditional classes are offered during the first four week summer session.  This will include JUST 399 and JUST 212.  JUST 316 is cross listed with PSYCH and will count for track A.


JUST 235 will be offered on-line.

JUST 200 will be offered on line.


We are offering one 300 level course, Justice and Film.  It will be offered on-line and will count for all three tracks.


In the criminal justice minor we are offering CRJU 215 on line and CRJU 225 in a traditional in class format.  Both are offered in the first four week session.  Because of the backlog in CRJU enrollments students starting the minor will be able to take both classes



Both the CRJU and JUST internship courses require 240 hours of work as well as written work.  The JUST internship course may count as a track course if it is relevant tot eh track and the paper is appropriate to the track.  Additional information on the internship course and application forms can be found on our home page.  You must enroll in the course during the summer to obtain credit.  You cannot do the internship in the summer and sign up for it in the fall to receive credit.  Students will be enrolled in either the first or second four week session but you can do the internship hours as you wish.  Most students receive an “I” for the course and turn in the papers in the first month of the fall semester.


If you are considering going to summer school elsewhere make sure to get your courses approved in advance so there is no doubt they will count.  They must be approved by the home JMU department.  That is, a political science course must be approved by the political science department.  Justice Studies can approve criminal justice courses.