Justice Studies Major, Justice Systems Concentration (B.A.)

This concentrated area of study focuses on the relationship between law, the justice system, and society, with an emphasis on theories of crime, law enforcement, punishment, and the administration of justice. It prepares students to work in criminal justice, law enforcement, judicial and governmental agencies, social services and related settings.

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 Requirements42
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements40
Free Electives35-29
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
Justice Systems Concentration
JUST 101Criminology3
JUST 102Introduction to Criminal Justice3
JUST 240Statistics for Social Research4
or SOCI 240 Statistics for Social Research
Justice Systems Concentration Electives
Select 15 credits from the list below.15
Total Credits40

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 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

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar1
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 Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits42

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives.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.

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