2006 - 2007 Justice Studies (JUST)

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

Director: Allan Patenaude

Program Objectives

The cornerstones of the academic enterprise of justice studies are the capacity for critical thinking and effective communications. Justice Studies provides students with skills to effectively practice, think about, and contribute to the work of criminal and social justice, students must be prepared for challenges of justice at the national and international levels. The Justice Studies program accordingly locates its curricula within a broad-based liberal arts education, grounded in the principle that equal portions of its classes shall focus on American and international criminal justice. 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. Justice Studies is a writing-intensive program at Westminster College.

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 67 semester hours of credit selected from Justice Studys coursework and related classes in the social sciences and selected other coursework. Thirty-two 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 Justice Studies major.

MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
PHIL 206 Introduction 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

16

JUST 101 Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 110 Police and Society
JUST 220 American Judicial Process
JUST 230 Corrections

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III.

Upper Division Courses

16

? JUST 301 Criminological Theories
JUST 350 Criminal Law
JUST 440 Internship
JUST 498 Thesis I
JUST 499 Thesis II

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IV.

Electives

16

Sixteen upper division credit hours from justice studies or justice studies-related coursework (see list below for suggested coursework)

16

V.

Required Courses from Other Programs

11

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

PSYC/SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods (4)
or
SOC 391 Qualitative Research Methods (4)

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TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR

67

Justice Studies Related Coursework

ANTH

355

Indian Peoples in the United States, LE

COMM

310

Professional Writing

COMM

360

Communicating Race, Class and Gender

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

SOC

305

Contemporary Issues

SOC

350

Gender in Society

SOC

372

Race, Ethnicity, and Class

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 110 Police and Society
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