Justice Studies - with Concentrations (B.A.)

Unless otherwise noted, 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements39-42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements39-40
Free Electives39-29
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Justice Studies Core
JUST 204Justice, Courts and Legal Systems3
JUST 205Perspectives on Justice Studies3
JUST 300Research Methods in Justice Studies3
JUST 310Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies3
JUST 497Senior Seminar and Internship3
Concentration Requirements
Complete one concentration. See requirements below.24-25
Total Credits39-40

International Justice Concentration

Students must maintain a G.P.A. of 2.75 in this concentration.

Required Concentration Courses
JUST 103Introduction to International Justice3
JUST 210International Justice II3
JUST/SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
Electives
Select 15 credits from the list below.15
Total Credits25

Concentration Electives

JUST 313Organized Crime3
JUST 324Terrorism and Social Justice3
JUST 327Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
JUST 329Homeland Security3
JUST 330International Environmental Issues3
JUST 332Cybercrime3
JUST 341International Criminal Law and Procedure3
JUST 342Wildlife Trafficking3
JUST 349Policing Terrorism3
JUST 352Crime and Globalization3
JUST 354International Prisoners' Rights3
JUST/GSWS 355Human Trafficking3
JUST 356Genocide3
JUST 357Human Rights and International Justice3
JUST 370Human Trafficking and the Law3
JUST 397Special Topics in International Justice3
JUST 403Seminar on Gender and Crime3
JUST 406International Civil Conflicts3
JUST 407Transitional Justice: Accountability, Reconciliation and Memory3
JUST 408Justice in World Migration3
JUST 495Senior Honors Seminar in Research3
PALG 305Immigration Law3

Justice Systems Concentration

Required Concentration Courses
JUST 101Criminology3
JUST 102Introduction to Criminal Justice3
JUST/SOCI 240Statistics for Social Research4
Electives
Select 15 credits from the list below.15
Total Credits25

Concentration Electives

JUST 209Environmental Crime3
JUST 220Crime in the Life Course3
JUST 223Ethnography in Justice Studies3
JUST 230Family Violence3
JUST 250Current Issues in Policing3
JUST 251Gangs in America3
JUST 252Community Policing3
JUST 313Organized Crime3
JUST 314Environmental Justice3
JUST 315Restorative Justice3
JUST/GSWS 316Victimology3
JUST 317Race and the U.S. Legal System3
JUST 318Animals and Justice3
JUST 319Hate Crimes3
JUST 320Women and Prison3
JUST 321White Collar Crime3
JUST 322Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice3
JUST 323Serial Killers3
JUST 324Terrorism and Social Justice3
JUST 325Police and Society3
JUST 326Death Penalty Perspectives3
JUST 327Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3
JUST 328Prisons and Punishment3
JUST 329Homeland Security3
JUST 331Police Civil Liability3
JUST 332Cybercrime3
JUST 333Media and the Criminal Justice System3
JUST 334Technology and the Criminal Justice System3
JUST 336FBI Past and Present3
JUST 340Wrongful Convictions3
JUST 351Juries and Justice3
JUST 353Corrections3
JUST/GSWS 355Human Trafficking3
JUST 358Crime Scene Investigation3
JUST 360Rights, Liberties and American Justice3
JUST 365Ethics in Justice3
JUST 370Human Trafficking and the Law3
JUST 398Special Topics in Justice Studies3
JUST 400Drugs and Society3
JUST 402Sex Crimes3
JUST/GSWS 403Seminar on Gender and Crime3
JUST 496Peer Mentoring for Justice Studies3
PALG 301Criminal Law and Procedure3
PALG 317Evidence3
PALG 440Criminal Trial Preparation3
PSYC 330Forensic Psychology3

Paralegal Studies Concentration

Required Concentration Courses
PALG 210Law and Litigation3
PALG 312Research and Writing for Paralegals3
PALG 339Computer Applications in the Legal Environment3
Electives
Select 15 credits from the list below.15
Total Credits24

Concentration Courses

Group A
Select 3-15 credits of the following:
Real Estate Law
Contract Law
Fundamentals of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Wills, Trusts and Probate Law
Family Law
Corporations and Partnerships
Group B
Select 0-9 credits from the following:
Criminal Law and Procedure
Immigration Law
Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
Evidence
Computer-Assisted Research in the Legal Environment
Bankruptcy Law
Administrative Law and Procedure
Personal Injury Law
Employment Law
Special Topics in Paralegal Studies
Advanced Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
Consumer Law
Elder Law
Civil Trial Preparation
Entertainment Law
Trademark Law
Criminal Trial Preparation
Law Office Management and Technology
Group C
Select 0-6 credits from the following:
Criminology
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Environmental Justice
Restorative Justice
Race and the U.S. Legal System
Hate Crimes
White Collar Crime
Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice
Death Penalty Perspectives
Juries and Justice
Rights, Liberties and American Justice
Human Trafficking and the Law
Special Topics in Justice Studies
Peer Mentoring for Justice Studies
Skills for Bilingual Legal Personnel
Forensic Psychology

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Complete a 3 credit Mathematics course.3
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives
May be fulfilled by JUST 103 in the International Justice concentration.0-3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies 3
Total Credits39-42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
May be fulfilled by JUST 103 in the International Justice concentration.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

International Justice Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
JUST 103 Introduction to International Justice 3
JUST 204 Justice, Courts and Legal Systems 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
JUST 205 Perspectives on Justice Studies 3
JUST 220 Crime in the Life Course 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
World Language 2 3
JUST 240 Statistics for Social Research 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
World Cultures 3
JUST 300 Research Methods in Justice Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
JUST 310 Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
JUST 497 Senior Seminar and Internship 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Credits11
 Total Credits120

Justice Systems Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
JUST 101
Criminology
or Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
JUST 204 Justice, Courts and Legal Systems 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
JUST 101
Criminology
or Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
JUST 205 Perspectives on Justice Studies 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
JUST 240 Statistics for Social Research 4
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
World Language 2 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
World Cultures 3
JUST 300
Research Methods in Justice Studies
or Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies
3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
JUST 310
Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies
or Research Methods in Justice Studies
3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Credits14
Spring
JUST 497 Senior Seminar and Internship 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits120

Paralegal Studies Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (H) Mathematics 3
JUST 101 Criminology 3
PALG 210 Law and Litigation 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
JUST 204 Justice, Courts and Legal Systems 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
JUST 205 Perspectives on Justice Studies 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
World Language 2 3
PALG 312 Research and Writing for Paralegals 3
PALG Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
World Cultures 3
JUST 300
Research Methods in Justice Studies
or Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies
3
PALG 339 Computer Applications in the Legal Environment (or PALG Elective) 3
PALG Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
JUST 310
Theoretical Issues in Justice Studies
or Research Methods in Justice Studies
3
PALG 339 Computer Applications in the Legal Environment (or PALG Elective) 3
PALG Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
JUST 497 Senior Seminar and Internship (or Free Elective) 3
PALG Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
JUST 497 Senior Seminar and Internship (or Free Elective) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120