Mission Statement

Justice Studies is committed to offering an interdisciplinary, intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant course of study for persons interested in academic or applied careers in justice studies at the community, national or global level.


To carry out this mission, Justice Studies seeks to:

  • Help students develop a comprehensive understanding of Justice Studies.
  • Examine and explain justice and injustice and their impact on individuals, communities, institutions and/or nations.
  • Understand human behavior and interactive systems with a focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in justice contexts.
  • Sharpen students' ability to think and reason critically, to practice sound methodological skills and to communicate effectively.
  • Prepare students to utilize and produce scholarship in the field of Justice Studies.

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. Justice Studies is NOT a criminal justice program.

Justice Studies offers students a choice of three tracks in the major, as well as a general Justice Studies major (starting during the 2021-2022 catalog year):

We encourage students to actively explore opportunities for community and civic engagement, internships, graduate study and careers; for more information, please see the Professional Opportunities tab to the left.


Justice Studies administers two interdisciplinary minors that are distinct trom the major:

Criminal Justice is a cross disciplinary minor designed for students who are preparing for careers in law enforcement, corrections, judicial adminstration or other areas related to the study or management of crime. (Cannot be paired with the Justice Studies major)

Humanitarian Affairs provides students with a global perspective on major issues facting the human community today; students will acquire knowledge and skills that prepare them for careers in government or non-profit organizations that address humanitarian issues. 

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