Justice Studies and Honors
Students who major in justice studies have several options in pursuing course work that leads to graduating with honors.
First, students may enroll in honors courses offered by different departments throughout the university. Justice Studies will offer these courses as resources permit.
Second, students may enroll in a regular course and request that it be designated as an honors course. Students should be aware that this is a request and not a right. Often it is impractical for this designation to be attached to a course given the nature of the course, the professor’s goals, or the student’s background. Should the faculty member agree to offer the course as an honors course for a student the student will sign a contract with the professor and department head indicating what additional scholarly activities will be engaged in by the student. Typically this will entail additional reading and written work.
Third, students will write an honors thesis. This is a three semester project begun in the second semester of junior year. Students must apply to the department head to write an honors thesis and meet both the JMU and department requirements. Writing an honors thesis is a major time commitment and is not for everyone. You should talk with Justice Studies faculty about whether it makes sense for you before applying. For additional information about writing a Justice Studies honors thesis please carefully examine the following documents: