Justice Studies

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Faculty: Connie Etter, Giancarlo Panagia, Mike Zarkin

Justice Studies Courses

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 justice concepts and perspectives

Objectives

The Westminster Justice Studies program treats justice as a broad category of social and ethical problems that includes issues relating to crime and justice, economic and social justice, community rights, environmental justice and global 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 Economics, English, Gender Studies, Philosophy, and Political Science 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 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 58 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.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Justice Studies major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore requirements

Justice Studies Major

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8
Justice Studies majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.
II. Lower Division Courses
10
JUST 221 Community Justice (3)
WCSBS 109 Imaging (In)justice (4)
WCSBS 213 Imaging Violence (3)
III. Upper Division Courses 36
The following five classes are required (20):
JUST 310 Law and Society (4)
JUST 315 Global Ethics and Justice (4)
JUST 365 Economic Justice (4) ECON 253 or ECON 263
JUST 490 Senior Capstone (4)
PLSC 390 Research Methods (4)
Students take four of the following (16):
JUST 305 Intersectional Activisims (4)
JUST 324 Women, Work, and Justice (4)
JUST 325 Justice in Everyday Life (4)
JUST 344 Environmental Justice (4)
JUST 350 Criminal Law (4)
JUST 420 Punishment (4)
IV. Electives
4
Additional upper-division JUST/PLSC coursework (4)
TOTAL HOURS FOR JUSTICE STUDIES MAJOR 58

Recommended Plan of Study for Justice Studies

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year WCSBS 109 Imaging (In)justice
Language I
WCore classes
JUST 221 Community Justice
WCSBS 213 Imaging Violence
WCore classes
Sophomore Year

JUST 310 Law and Society
JUST Upper Division
WCore classes


JUST Upper Division
Major Elective
Language II

Junior Year

JUST 315 Global Ethics and Justice
JUST Upper Division
JUST Upper Division


JUST 365 Economic Justice
Major Elective
JUST/PLSC Elective

Senior Year

PLSC 390 Research Methods
PLSC Upper Division


PLSC 490 Senior Capstone
JUST Upper Division


Justice Studies 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 Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 8
JUST 310 Law and Society (4)
WCSBS 109 Imaging (In)justice (4)
II. Elective Courses 12
12 additional hours of 300 or 400 level JUST courses
TOTAL HOURS FOR JUSTICE STUDIES MINOR 20
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