This track focuses on the nature, causes and solutions for crime, primarily but not exclusively in the United States.  It explores questions of justice in the context of criminal behavior.  While understanding the nature of various forms of criminal endeavor is significant in this track, there is also a strong focus on understanding the roots of the problem, and the theoretical traditions in the social sciences which have sought to explain this type of behavior.  In addition, there is an emphasis on thoughtful examination of the responses to crime, with a concentration on effective policy initiatives. 

All Students in Track A must take:
JUST 210 Crime and Criminal Justice
JUST 212 Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice.

and one of the following:

JUST 221 Social Justice Theories, JUST 223 Social Justice Interventions, JUST 235 Justice in the Global Community, or JUST 237 Dilemmas in Global Justice

Students select six additional track elective courses from the approved list in the catalog for their catalog requirement year..  At least four of the six elective courses must have a JUST identifier.

PLEASE NOTE ALSO: JUST 301 Special Topic courses and JUST 401 Internships must be relevant to your track.

Please refer to the current JMU catalog for the catalog course descriptions. Please note that not all JUST courses are offered every semester.  For requirements, students should refer to the catalog that aligns with their catalog requirement year.

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