Justice Studies Dual Major
The justice studies dual major is an interdisciplinary area that blends topics from humanities departments (e.g., philosophy), social science departments (e.g., psychology, sociology, women's and gender studies), departments that include both humanities and social science faculty (history, political science), and professionally oriented departments (education, family studies, social work). Topics studied include courts, family violence, rights, substance abuse, juvenile justice, school law, children as witnesses, hate crimes and community policing. Students will be required to choose a first major before they will be able to declare justice studies as a second major. The goal is to produce graduates who have a higher level of knowledge about law and justice in American society and in the world so that they will mature into more knowledgeable and effective citizens. The justice studies dual major is intended for students who are looking for careers in the justice system or who seek graduate training in law or social sciences and humanities related to the law.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Justice Studies Office and to declare the dual major as soon as they develop an interest in majoring. Once a student has been accepted to the JS dual major, they will be assigned an advisor.
The dual major in justice studies requires students to take a minimum of eight courses (32 credits), each completed with a grade of a C- or better. Students are required to have a grade-point average of a 2.5 or better before they can be accepted into the program. The dual major cannot be declared until after a first major has been declared. Students can count no more than two courses for both the first major and dual major, and students are not allowed to take more than two courses from any one department (except for JUST). An unlimited number of dual major courses can be used to satisfy Discovery requirements.
|JUST 401||Introduction to Justice Studies||4|
|JUST 501||Research Methods||4|
|JUST 601||Internship (seniors only for 601 and 602)||4|
|or JUST 602||Research Internship|
|JUST 701||Senior Seminar (writing-intensive course) 1||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Politics of Crime and Justice|
|Supreme Court and the Constitution|
|Select three elective courses from the justice studies approved course list||12|
This course fulfills the program capstone requirement.
This list is approved and published yearly by the Justice Studies Executive Committee.
|ACC 747||Business Law||4|
|ANTH 550||Introduction to Forensic Anthropology||4|
|ANTH 697||Special Topics (must be approved by Justice Studies)||4|
|BIOL 420||Introduction to Forensic Sciences||4|
|CMN 637||Controversy and Reasoning in Law||4|
|EDUC 767||Students, Teachers, and the Law||4|
|HDFS 776||Children, Adolescents and the Law||4|
|HDFS 794||Families and the Law||4|
|HIST 440A||Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Racial Justice||4|
|HIST 440D||Honors/Citizens and Persons||4|
|HIST 498||Explorations of Historical Perspectives (must be approved by Justice Studies)||4|
|HIST 509||Law in American Life||4|
|HIST 609||Special Topics in American Legal History (must be approved by Justice Studies)||4|
|HIST 797||Colloquium (must be approved by Justice Studies )||4|
|HLS 410||Introduction to Homeland Security||4|
|HLS 415||Fundamentals of Corporate Security||4|
|HLS 580||Environmental and Human Security||4|
|HLS 760||Strategic Planning and Decision Making||4|
|HMGT 625||Hospitality and Employment Law (only HMGT majors allowed)||4|
|HUMA 444E||What is a Criminal?||4|
|HUMA 525||Humanities and the Law||4|
|HUMA 550||Budapest Spring Semester: Special Studies in Comparative Ideas||4|
|HUMA 551||Budapest Spring Semester: Field Studies in Art and Culture||6|
|JUST 405||Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime||4|
|JUST 410||Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARPP) Peer Advocacy||4|
|JUST 415||SHARPP Advocacy II||2|
|JUST 520||Girls Gone Bad: Delinquent Girls in Cultural Context||4|
& JUST 551
and Mock Trial (must take 2 semesters to count as a JS elective)
|JUST 591||Forensic Psychology||4|
|JUST 595||Special Topics (no more than two courses) 2||4|
& JUST #651
|Special Studies in Comparative Justice Systems|
and Field Studies in the Hungarian Justice System
|JUST 795||Reading and Research (variable credit/permission required)||1-4|
|LLC 540||Film History (Terrorism(s) A Humanistic and Cinematic Outlook)||4|
|LAW 460||Sports Law & Current Controversies||4|
|PHIL 420||Introduction to Philosophy of Law and Justice||4|
|PHIL 436||Social and Political Philosophy||4|
|PHIL #635||Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Law and Justice||4|
|PHIL 660||Law, Medicine, and Ethics||4|
|PHIL 701||Topics in Value Theory||4|
|POLT 440A||Honors/Global Justice (Global Justice)||4|
|POLT 444B||Cruel and Unusual in a Federal System||4|
|POLT 507||Politics of Crime and Justice||4|
|POLT 508||Supreme Court and the Constitution||4|
|POLT 513||Civil Rights and Liberties||4|
|POLT 520||Politics, Justice, and Morality||4|
|POLT 548||Drug Wars||4|
|POLT 568||International Security||4|
|POLT #701||Courts and Public Policy||4|
|POLT #765||Security Intelligence Study||4|
|POLT 798B||Seminar in American Politics (must be approved by Justice Studies )||4|
|PSYC 755||Psychology and Law||4|
|PSYC 756||Psychology of Crime and Justice||4|
|PSYC 791W||Special Topics (Psychology of Delinquency)||4|
|RMP 772||Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services (must have junior/senior status)||4|
|SOC #440A||Honors/Drug Addiction in American Society||4|
|SOC 515||Introductory Criminology||4|
|SOC 450||Contemporary Social Problems (only when taught by Professor Abbott)||4|
|SOC 525||Juvenile Crime and Delinquency||4|
|SOC 620||Drugs and Society||4|
|SOC #655||Sociology of Law and Justice||4|
|or POLT #570||Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity|
|SOC 697||Special Topics (Social Psychology of Justice)||4|
|SOC #715||Criminological Theory||4|
|SOC 720||Sociology of Drug Use||4|
|SW 525||Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice||4|
|SW 705||Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice||4|
Bill of Rights and Law & Society are allowed to count as the JS SOC/POLT requirement.
The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.5.
Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.
Students who are interested in a dual major in justice studies will need to officially declare in Webcat (my.unh.edu). Program offices are located in Hamilton Smith Hall and are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Molly Dorsey at (603) 862-0703, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; or Deb Briand at (603) 862-1716, e-mail email@example.com.
- Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theoretical approaches and key disciplinary concepts of Justice Studies.
- Demonstrate understanding of justice studies methods of research design, data gathering, and analysis.
- Exhibit critical thinking skills in evaluating justice studies research, including the background assumptions, appropriateness of methods used and the strength of explanatory evidence.
- Communicate justice studies knowledge in appropriate oral, written and graphic forms.
- Experience justice studies either in the real world through an internship or in a research lab through a research internship.