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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.

Degrees Offered




Track A: Crime and Criminology

Track B: Global Justice and Policy

Track C: Social Justice


Criminal Justice

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students

Students should declare the justice studies major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 

Students should first contact the Justice Studies academic advisor to discuss the major, then complete a "Change or Declaration of Major" form and obtain the signature of the department head in Moody Hall, Room 213A.

Because of the way students progress through the major, it takes at least five semesters to complete the requirements. Only declared Justice Studies majors can enroll in JUST 200. Students must take JUST 200 first; this is the only course students are allowed to take during the first semester in the major. The semester following successful completion of JUST 200, students may take the 200-level foundation courses. During the third semester in the major, students may begin taking 300-level Justice Studies courses. Also be aware that Math 220 is a prerequisite for JUST 399: Research Methods, which is in turn a prerequisite for JUST 400: Senior Seminar.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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