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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

College of Liberal Arts


Justice Studies Dual Major (JUST)


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Coordinator: Ellen S. Cohn
Affiliate Associate Professor: S. Alan Ray
Clinical Assistant Professor: Donna M. Perkins
Core Faculty: Victoria L. Banyard, John J. Cerullo, Drew Christie, Ellen S. Cohn, Todd A DeMitchell, Elizabeth M. Dolan, Marion Girard Dorsey, Robert P. Eckstein, David Finkelhor, John T. Kirkpatrick, Michelle D. Leichtman, Alynna J. Lyon, Mary Malone, Donna M. Perkins, Charles T. Putnam, Cesar Rebellon, Lucy E. Salyer, Susan J. Siggelakis, Nicholas J. Smith, Murray A. Straus, James Tucker, Karen VanGundy

The Justice Studies Dual Major Program is an interdisciplinary area that blends topics from humanities departments (e.g., philosophy), social science departments (e.g., psychology, sociology, women’s studies), departments that include both humanities and social science faculty (history, political science), and professionally-oriented departments (education, family studies, social work). Some of the 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.

Required Courses
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 GPA 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. No more than two courses can count for the first major and dual major. An unlimited number of dual major courses can be used to satisfy general education requirements.

JUST 401, Introduction to Justice Studies
JUST 501, Research Methods (prerequisite: a statistics course)
JUST 601, Internship (juniors/seniors only) or JUST 602, Research Internship (juniors/seniors only)
JUST 701, Senior Seminar (Writing Intensive Course)
POLT 407, Law and Society and/or
SOC 515, Introductory Criminology, and/or POLT 507, Politics of Crime and Justice

Elective Courses
Students are required to select three elective courses from the Justice Studies approved course list. This list is approved and published yearly by the Justice Studies Executive Committee.

CD 717, Law of Community Planning (offered every other year)
CMN 698, Studying the Police
EC 718, Law of Natural Resources and Environment
EDUC 767, Students, Teachers, and the Law
FS 797, Children, Adolescents, and the Law
FS 794, Families and the Law
HMP 734, Health Law
HIST 497W, Crime and Punishment in Modern Society
HIST 509, Law in American Life
HIST 609, Special Topics: American Legal History
HMGT 625, Hospitality Law (only HMGT majors allowed)
HMGT 627, Employment Law
HUMA 650, Humanities and the Law: The Problem of Justice in Western Civilization
JUST 401, Introduction to Justice Studies (required course)
JUST 501, Research Methods (required course; prerequisite: a statistics course)
JUST 550/551, Mock Trial (must take year-long course)
JUST 601/602, Internship (required course)
JUST 650, Special Studies in Comparative Justice Systems
JUST 651, Field Studies in the Hungarian Justice System
JUST 695, Special Topics in Justice Studies (no more than two courses)
JUST 701, Senior Seminar (required course, writing intensive course)
KIN 798, Sports Law
MGT 647, Business Law (only Business Administration, Accounting, and Business Administration and Management allowed)
MGT 648, Business Law II
NR 566, Wildlife Enforcement I
PHIL 436, Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 635, Philosophy of Law
PHIL 660, Law, Medicine, and Morals
PHIL 701, Value Theory
PHIL 740, Advanced Topics in Philosophy of Law
POLT 407, Law and Society
POLT 507, Politics of Crime and Justice
POLT 508, Supreme Court and the Constitution
POLT 513, Civil Rights and Liberties
POLT 520, Justice and the Political Community
POLT 660, Terrorism and Political Violence
POLT 701, The Courts and Public Policy
POLT 707, Criminal Justice Administration
POLT 708, Administrative Law
PSYC 591, Forensic Psychology
PSYC 755, Psychology of Law (Research Methods Prerequisite)
PSYC 756, Psychology of Crime and Justice (Research Methods Prerequisite)
PSYC 791, Advanced Topics: Psychology of Hate, Psychology of Delinquency
RMP 772, Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services (must have junior/senior status)
SOC 515, Introductory Criminology
SOC 525, Juvenile Crime and Delinquency
SOC 535, Homicide
SOC 620, Drugs and Society
SOC 650, Family Violence (must have junior/senior status)
SOC 655, Sociology of Crime and Justice
SOC 697, Special Topics: Perspectives on Terrorism
SOC 715, Criminological Theory
SOC 720, Sociology of Drug Use
SOC 780, Social Conflict
SOC 797, Special Topics: Crime and Justice
SW 525, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
WS 595, Special Topics: Violence Against Women

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 our Web site at Our offices are located in Room 202 of Huddleston Hall and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information please contact Professor Ellen Cohn at (603) 862-3197, e-mail; or Debbie Briand at (603) 862-1716, e-mail

For program information on the justice studies minor, see Interdisciplinary Programs.


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