The purpose of the Justice Studies Program is to provide students with a systems orientation to the field of criminal justice and a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime and criminality. Crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system are studied from a social science perspective. Students acquire a knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of criminological theory as it applies to the causation, prevention, control, and treatment of criminal behavior. Students are provided the opportunity to study the application of forensic science within the context of the investigative process. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, planning and research to function in a professional position in the field of criminal justice.
Requirements for the major in Justice Studies
45 s.h. including JUS 2200,** 2410, 3090, 3100, 3200, 3300, 3320, 3900, 4200, 4500, 4700,* SOC 1510, PSY 1010 and PSC 1510; and any four courses with a JUS prefix
All students must receive a grade of C (2.0) or higher in core and elective courses taken in the Justice Studies major.
* With the permission of the department chair an appropriate 3000-4000 level course may replace JUS 4700.
**SOC 2200, PSY 2500, or MAT 2200 may be substituted with the permission of the department chair.
Requirements for the minor in Justice Studies
18 s.h. including JUS 2410, 3090, and any other four courses with a JUS prefix
Requirements for the A.A. concentration in Justice Studies
18 s.h. including JUS 241, 3090, and any other four courses with a JUS prefix
Students who major in Justice Studies must meet all the residency requirements of the University. In addition, the student must take a minimum of 12 s.h. in Justice Studies courses (JUS) at Methodist University.