Justice Studies

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

Residency

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.

Justice Studies Affiliations

Program Faculty & Staff

Mark Bowman, Associate Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Mark Bowman

Associate Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7434
Darl Champion, Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Darl Champion

Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7050
Steven Downs, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

Steven Downs

Assistant Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7581
Sabrina Koncaba, Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Sabrina Koncaba

Director, Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
(910) 630-7516
Dave Pauly, Associate Professor of Justice Studies

Dave Pauly

Associate Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7420

Dr. Eric See

Chair, Justice Studies
(910) 630-7459
Sarah See, Instructor of Justice Studies

Sarah See

Instructor of Justice Studies
(910) 480-8458
Mark Vecellio, Assistant Professor of Applied Forensic Science

Mark Vecellio

Assistant Professor of Applied Forensic Science
Phone TBA
Wendy Vonnegut, Associate Professor of Legal Studies

Wendy Vonnegut, J.D.

Director, Legal Studies Program
(910) 630-7491
Karla Weinbrenner, Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity

Karla Weinbrenner

Instructor of Digital Forensics & Cybersecurity
(910) 480-8492
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