2010 - 2011 Justice Studies (JUST)

Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Michael Zarkin (Chair)

Program Goals

  • To develop critical, analytical, and integrative thinking skills
  • To improve written and oral communication skills
  • To be able to evaluate and conduct research within the Justice Studies field
  • To develop global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness
  • To gain a broad understanding of discipline's concepts and perspectives

Program Objectives

The Westminster Justice Studies program treats justice as a broad category of social and political problems that includes issues relating to criminal justice, economic and social justice, human rights, and international justice. Accordingly, students who choose a major in Justice Studies are encouraged to take interdisciplinary coursework that exposes them to different ways of thinking about justice. This includes, but is not limited to, coursework in fields such as Anthropology, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology that helps students understand the nature of justice and why individuals and institutions may or may not behave in a just manner. Justice Studies majors are also required to engage in independent research and experiential learning activities such as internships. The Justice Studies minor, while more heavily focused on criminal justice issues, also affords students an opportunity to view justice through broad, interdisciplinary lenses.

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 63 semester hours of credit selected from Justice Studies' 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 206/206D Introduction to Ethics, LE
4
3

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 110 Police and Society
JUST 230 Corrections
4
4
4
III. Upper Division Courses 16
. JUST 301 Criminological Theories
JUST 350 Criminal Law
JUST 440 Internship
JUST 470 Senior Thesis
4
4
4
4
IV. Electives 16
. Sixteen upper division credit hours from justice studies or justice studies-related coursework approved by the justice studies faculty. Justice studies related-coursework may be drawn from: Anthropology, Communication, Gender Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, or Sociology. .
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 11
. MATH 150 Elementary Statistics, LE
PHIL 206/206D Introduction to Ethics, LE
PSYC/SOC 390 Quantitative Research Methods
4
3
4
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 63

Recommended Plan of Study for Justice Studies

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Fall Semester

Spring Semester
Freshman Year JUST 101
Language I
PHIL 206
Language II
Sophomore Year JUST 110
MATH 150
JUST 230
JUST Elective
Junior Year JUST 350
JUST Elective
JUST 301
JUST Elective
Senior Year JUST 440
SOC 390
JUST 470
JUST Elective

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
4
4
4
II. Electives 8
. Additional Justice Studies or related coursework (numbered 300 or above) 8
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 20

Justice Studies Related Coursework

ANTH 355 Indian Peoples in the United States
COMM 310 Professional Writing
COMM 360 Race, Gender, Class and the Media
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