Justice Studies (M.A.)
The Master of Arts degree program in Justice Studies (MAJS) provides a broad understanding of justice, crime, and law. It provides tools for reasoned appraisal of how the justice system works and what policies underlie it. The program familiarizes students with legal and justice ideas, justice institutions, and legal processes. It draws on a variety of disciplines, subjects, and research methodologies for its core knowledge. Our students work closely with faculty with established reputations as scholars, teachers, and practitioners.
The master of arts in justice studies requires that students complete a minimum of nine courses (36 credit hours) in justice studies from the following list:
|JUST 830||Theories of Justice||4|
|JUST 901||Pro-seminar: Introduction to Justice Studies||4|
|JUST 905||Quantitative Research Methods||4|
|JUST 907||Applied Research Methods||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
or JUST 865
|Crime and Conflict|
or JUST 865
|Select Option A or B from the below:||8|
|Select two courses if taking JUST 899 or two courses plus JUST 950 if taking JUST 897||8|
|EDUC 867||Students, Teachers, and the Law||4|
|EDUC 897||Special Topics in Education (must be approved by Justice Studies)||1-4|
|EDUC 967||School Law||4|
|EDUC 968||Collective Bargaining in Public Education||4|
|HDFS 876||Children, Adolescents and the Law||4|
|HDFS 894||Families and the Law||4|
|HIST 809||United States Legal History Special Topics (must be approved by Justice Studies)||4|
|HIST #949||Colloquium in United States History (must be approved by Justice Studies)||3|
|JUST 801||Graduate Seminar in Justice Studies||4|
|JUST 995||Reading and Research||1-4|
|POLT #801||Courts and Public Policy||3|
|POLT #808||Administrative Law||3|
|PSYC 954||Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology (must be approved by Justice Studies)||4|
|SW 897||Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (must be approved by Justice Studies)||2 or 3|
|SW 979||Social Work and the Law||3|
|SOC 820||Sociology of Drug Use||4|
- Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis of justice studies concepts and literature.
- Effectively communicate Justice Studies concepts and research.
- Present and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
- Demonstrate the technical skills and ethical skills that are appropriate for a practitioner (internship/project option) or researcher (thesis option) working in the justice field.