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JMU Justice Studies majors have a deep understanding of connections.

Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary major that uses justice as a framework to sustain and promote the growth and development of individuals and communities: politically, economically and socially. Our students develop a personal definition of justice and a fuller understanding of the nature of the world in which they live. Students select an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Global Justice and Policy, and Social Justice Engagement. Justice Studies offers students a set of skills, knowledge and habits of mind that can be applied to a wide range of academic, civic and career opportunities.

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The major is a part of the Department of Justice Studies, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

Justice studies is an interdisciplinary area of inquiry that brings together insights from the social sciences and humanities to explore questions of justice. Through the rigorous empirical and normative analyses of justice and injustice it seeks to help students develop a personal definition of justice, a fuller understanding of the nature of the world in which they live, and identify careers and strategies for action. Justice Studies values community and civic engagement, encourages students to actively participate in and contribute to their communities, and provides engagement opportunities and resources. The justice studies major is not a criminal justice program.

Justice Studies
  • Degrees Offered: 
    • B.A. in Justice Studies
    • B.S. in Justice Studies
  • Concentrations:
    • Track A: Crime and Criminology
    • Track B: Global Justice and Policy
    • Track C: Social Justice
  • Minors:
    • Criminal Justice

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