2004-2005 Justice Studies Program

2004 - 2005 Justice Studies Program (JUST)

Program Objectives | Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Director: Allan Patenaude

Program Objectives

The cornerstone of the academic enterprise of justice studies is the capacity for critical thinking. The professional activity carried out in the criminal justice system occurs within a concept of justice in a democratic setting. To effectively practice, think about, and contribute to the work of criminal justice, students must be prepared for the challenges of justice in all its forms. The justice studies program accordingly locates its curricula within a broad-based liberal arts education, grounded in the principle that only a portion of classes shall be drawn from justice studies itself. Students completing the degree program in justice studies will have been introduced to the core knowledge that describes the field, and will also have been acquainted with the cultural, social, political, ethical, and psychological contexts from which issues of justice emerge.

Program Requirements

The Justice Studies program offers a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies as an academic major and provides for an academic minor in Justice Studies. The Justice Studies academic major requires completion of 55 semester hours of credit selected from Justice Studies coursework and related classes in the social sciences and selected other coursework. Twenty-eight of those hours must be in justice studies and related courses numbered 300 or above. Students must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA or better in the academic major and minor.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

Liberal Education Courses

Credit Hours

The following courses, which fulfill LE requirements, are required for the Sociology major.

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
PHIL 206 Introductin to Ethics, LE




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Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Foreign Language Requirement

8

Justice Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language (Spanish recommended).

8

II.

Lower Division Courses

12

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 201 Introduction to Agencies of Social Control
JUST 250 Criminology

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III.

Upper Division Courses

8

JUST 350 Criminal Law
JUST 440 Internship

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IV.

Electives

16

Additional JUST course work

Twelve credit hours from separate disciplines listed in related coursework.
See listing below for related coursework.

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12

V.

Required Courses from Other Programs

11

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods
PHIL 206 Introduction to Ethics, LE

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

55

Justice Studies Related Coursework

ANTH

355

Indian Peoples in the United States

COMM

300B

Communicating Race, Class and Gender

COMM

310

Professional Writing

PHIL

206

Introduction to Ethics (required for the major)

PLSC

303

Public Administration and Bureaucracy

PLSC

355

Constitutional Law

PSYC

301

Child Development

PSYC

305

Adolescent Development

PSYC

316

Social Psychology

PSYC

362

Abnormal Psychology

PSYC

405

Methods of Counseling

SOC

350

Gender in Society

SOC

372

Race, Ethnicity, and Class

SOC

420

Contemporary Issues

Academic Minor

To fulfill the requirements for an academic minor in Justice Studies, students must complete a minimum of 20 semester hours in Justice Studies or related coursework. Twelve of these hours must be in coursework numbered 300 or above.

Requirement Description

Credit Hours

I.

Required Courses

12

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 201 Introduction to Agencies of Social Control
JUST 350 Criminal Law

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II.

Electives

8

Additional Justice Studies or related coursework (numbered 300 or above)

8

TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR

20