Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
The social sciences, which include justice studies, are focused on understanding people and their behaviors. The Westminster Justice Studies program treats the ethics of justice as a broad category of social and political issues relating to a critical analysis of crime and justice, intersectionality of gender and ethnicity, economic, environmental, and social justice.
Accordingly, students who choose a major in Justice Studies are encouraged to take interdisciplinary coursework that exposes them to alternative and diverse ways of thinking about the philosophical concept of justice. This includes, but is not limited to coursework in fields such as Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Philosophy, Political Studies, and Psychology that helps students understand the nature of justice and why individuals and governmental institutions may or may not behave in a just manner.
Today, the competitive environment in which law and justice operate requires that persons entering or working in that arena possess a solid foundation in the cultural, ethical, historical, legal, and social aspects of Justice Studies as well as well-developed critical, analytical, and communication skills in order to be an effective law practitioner, researcher, or teacher in our field.
Graduates with a Justice Studies degree will be critical analysis thinkers who possess a firm academic foundation in the liberal arts upon which is built a solid knowledge base of how justice, in its many forms (such as race, class, gender, and others), meets the needs of American and global societies.
- Engage in independent research and experiential learning activities such as service learning and internships.
- The strong liberal arts foundation in justice studies provides solid ground for students interested in pursuing graduate and professional degrees as well as a wide range of both traditional and non-traditional careers.
- Understand the humanistic nature of justice and why individuals and institutions may or may not behave in a just manner through interdisciplinary coursework in fields such as Anthropology, Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Communications.
- Experiment with ideas in an environment rich with diverse opinions, cultures, and people.
- Gain a deep understanding of the cultural, social, political, ethical, and psychological inter-relationships out of which justice issues develop.
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