Justice Studies Dual Major

https://cola.unh.edu/justice-studies/program/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.

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.

Required Courses
JUST 401Introduction to Justice Studies4
JUST 501Research Methods4
JUST 601Internship (seniors only)4
or JUST 602 Research Internship
JUST 701Senior Seminar (writing-intensive course) 14
Select one of the following:4
Politics of Crime and Justice
Supreme Court and the Constitution
Introductory Criminology
Elective Courses
Select three elective courses from the justice studies approved course list12
Total Credits32

Elective Courses

This list is approved and published yearly by the Justice Studies Executive Committee.

ANTH 550Introduction to Forensic Anthropology4
ANTH 697Special Topics (Must be approved by Justice Studies)4
BIOL 420Introduction to Forensic Sciences4
CMN 637Controversy and Reasoning in Law4
EDUC 767Students, Teachers, and the Law4
HDFS 776Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 794Families and the Law4
HIST 440AMartin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Racial Justice4
HIST 440DHonors/Citizens and Persons4
HIST 498Explorations of Historical Perspectives (Before the Museum Ban: Immigration and Law in U.S. History)4
HIST 509Law in American Life4
HIST 609Special Topics in American Legal History (Must be approved by Justice Studies)4
HIST 797Colloquium (Right to Bear Arms)4
HLS 410Introduction to Homeland Security4
HLS 415Fundamentals of Corporate Security4
HLS 580Environmental and Human Security4
HLS 760Strategic Planning and Decision Making4
HMGT 625Hospitality and Employment Law (only HMGT majors allowed)4
HUMA 444EWhat is a Criminal?4
HUMA 525Humanities and the Law4
JUST 405Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime4
JUST 410
JUST 415
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARPP) Peer Advocacy
and SHARPP Advocacy II (Must take 2 semesters to count as a JS elective)
6
JUST 520Girls Gone Bad: Delinquent Girls in Cultural Context4
JUST 550
JUST 551
Mock Trial
and Mock Trial (must take 2 semesters to count as a JS elective)
4
JUST 591Forensic Psychology4
JUST 595Special Topics (no more than two courses) 24
JUST 650
JUST 651
Special Studies in Comparative Justice Systems
and Field Studies in the Hungarian Justice System
10
JUST 795Reading and Research (variable credit)1-4
LLC #540Film History (Terrorism(s) A Humanistic and Cinematic Outlook)4
LAW 460Sports Law & Current Controversies4
MGT 647Business Law I (only Business Administration, Accounting, and Business Administration and Management allowed)4
NR #718Law of Natural Resources and Environment3
PHIL 436Social and Political Philosophy4
PHIL #635Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Law and Justice4
PHIL 660Law, Medicine, and Ethics4
PHIL 701Topics in Value Theory4
POLT 440AHonors/Global Justice (Global Justice)4
POLT 444BCruel and Unusual in a Federal System4
POLT 507Politics of Crime and Justice4
POLT 508Supreme Court and the Constitution4
POLT 513Civil Rights and Liberties4
POLT 520Politics, Justice, and Morality4
POLT 548Drug Wars4
POLT 568International Security (only when taught by Professor MacPherson)4
POLT #701Courts and Public Policy4
POLT 765Security Intelligence Study4
POLT 798BSeminar in American Politics (only topic: Security Intelligence)4
PSYC 755Psychology and Law4
PSYC 756Psychology of Crime and Justice4
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services (must have junior/senior status)4
SOC 440AHonors/Drug Addiction in American Society4
SOC 515Introductory Criminology4
SOC 450Contemporary Social Problems (only when taught by Professor Abbott)4
SOC 525Juvenile Crime and Delinquency4
SOC 535Homicide4
SOC 620Drugs and Society4
SOC #655Sociology of Law and Justice4
SOC 656Terrorism4
or POLT 570 Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
SOC 715Criminological Theory4
SOC 720Sociology of Drug Use4
SW 525Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice4
SW 705Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice4

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 file an Intent to Dual Major form. The form is available in the justice studies office or can be downloaded from the program website at cola.unh.edu/justice-studies. Program offices are located in Room 206 of Huddleston 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 Ellen Cohn at (603) 862-3197, e-mail ellen.cohn@unh.edu; or Deb Briand at (603) 862-1716, e-mail deborah.briand@unh.edu. 

  • 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.