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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Justice Studies (JUST)


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This program is offered in Durham.


Degree Offered: M.A.

The goal of the master of arts degree program in justice studies is to produce graduates who have a high level of knowledge about law and justice in American society and worldwide. Upon completion, graduates will be able to enhance their careers in the justice system, enter new careers in the justice system, or continue their graduate training in law, social sciences, or humanities.

The program addresses issues of justice that are not necessarily criminal in nature. It will familiarize students with legal and justice ideas, legal institutions, and the legal process. It will provide tools for a reasoned appraisal of how the law works and of the policies that underlie it. The courses address a wide variety of subjects, including philosophy of law, American legal history, psychological aspects of the law, social control, criminology, juvenile delinquency, law and literature, and family law. Courses are taught by faculty with backgrounds in both the social sciences and humanities.

Special Note on Tuition:

The justice studies masters of arts degree program has a different pricing structure. You can find the most current pricing for this program on the business services website.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the general Graduate School requirements, applicants must submit current scores (within five years) from the general test of the GRE or the LSAT.

Students are admitted for the summer term.  Classes for this program begin during the last week in July. The application deadline to be considered for financial assistance is March 1st.  The deadline for consideration without financial assistance is April.15th.



Degree Requirements

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:

Required courses:
JUST 830, Theories of Justice
JUST 901, Proseminar
JUST 905, Quantitative Research Methods
JUST 907, Applied Research Methods

One of the three listed below:
SOC 815, Criminological Theory
SOC 880, Social Conflict
SOC 921, Crime and Conflict/JUST 865, Crime and Conflict

Concluding Experience:

JUST 897, Culminating Project (4 credits), and
JUST 950/951, Internship (4 credits)


JUST 899, Masters Thesis (8 credits)

From the following list, choose two courses if taking JUST 899 or two courses plus JUST 950/951 if taking JUST 897 :

EDUC 867, Students, Teachers, and the Law
EDUC 897, Higher Education and the Law
EDUC 951, Laws and Regulations Affecting the Education of Students with Disabilities
EDUC 967, School Law
EDUC 968, Collective Bargaining in Public Education
FS 872, International Approach to Child Advocacy
FS 876, Children, Adolescents, and the Law
FS 894, Families and the Law
HMP 940, Legal Strategies in Health Care
HIST 809, United States Legal History Special Topics
HIST 845, 19th Century European Great Powers-Diplomacy and Int'l Law
HIST 949, Colloquium  on Law and Society in American History
JUST 950, Internship
JUST 965, Special Topics
JUST 995, Reading and Research
POLT 801, Courts and Public Policy
POLT 803, Urban and Metropolitan Politics
POLT 808, Administrative Law
POLT 897C, The Drug Wars:  Views from the South and North
POLT 897F, Homeland Security
POLT 898B, Sem/Security Intelligence Study
PSYC 954, Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
SW 897, Special Topics: Domestic Violence
SW 979, Social Work and the Law
SOC 815, Criminological Theory
SOC 820, Sociology of Drug Use
SOC 876, Family Violence Research Seminar
SOC 880, Social Conflict
SOC 921, Crime and Conflict
SOC 976, Violence in the Family