IMPORTANT POINTS TO CONSIDER
1. Justice Studies is not Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice as it is taught in most colleges whether as a major or a minor tends to have a pre-professional focus. Course work is on such subjects as criminal procedure and criminal investigation. That is the case with JMU’s criminal justice minor. Our Justice Studies program has a different focus. In it we are concerned more with treating justice issues as a general class of social and political problems to be understood than as applied problems to be solved. Neither approach is better than the other. It is a matter of personal preference and you should make sure that you go into a program that fits with how you want to study these issues.
2. Limited course transfer policy
Many students looking to transfer into the Justice Studies major or the Criminal Justice minor have already taken a lot of criminal justice courses at the school they are currently attending. We will limit you to a maximum of two courses that can be transferred into the major for credit. The rest will count as general credits toward graduation. The rationale is simple and direct. It involves “truth in advertising.” If you are going to graduate with a degree from our programs at JMU we want to be able to tell potential employers and graduate programs the type of course work you have had with us and the nature of the assignments you have had. We cannot do this when too much course work is transferred in.
3. What courses should I take before coming to JMU?
Certainly if you are interested in criminal justice or think you might be, you should take some. But, remember that we limit how many we accept (see point 2). What would be most beneficial would be to take the equivalents of MATH 220. Also be aware that courses taught at the 100 or 200 level at community colleges and elsewhere that are taught at JMU at the 300 level are unlikely to be accepted.
4. Can I finish the major in one year? No. It is highly unlikely that the major requirements can be completed in one year due to the sequencing of courses. Please see question #5.
5.WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES IN THE MAJOR?EFFECTIVE FOR STUDENTS DECLARING THE MAJOR IN THE SUMMER OF 2011 AND BEYOND?
JUST 200 is a prerequisite for all JUST courses.
JUST 200 may NOT be taken during the same semester as any other JUST designated course.
You may enroll in a 200 level JUST foundation course(s) for the following semester while you are enrolled in JUST 200.
JUST 200 and a track foundation course are requirements for all 300 level courses.
All majors must complete 6 elective courses designation for their track. Only two of these electives may be non-JUST designated courses.
DOES NOT APPLY TO MAJORS WHO DECLARED BEFORE THE 2011/2012 ACADEMIC YEAR.
6. If the community college equivalent of MATH 220 is not taken before coming to JMU, students should expect to take 4 semesters to obtain the degree. If they do take it at a community college it may be reduced to 3 semesters. (This is not a guarantee.)
TRANSFER STUDENT INFORMATION
A limited number of students are admitted each year to the Justice Studies major at JMU. Transfer students are not admitted at mid year. Please check with the admissions department for guidelines, deadlines, and procedures for applying to JMU (See JMU Admissions)