Mar 21, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Justice Studies, Social Justice Track, B.A.

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Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt, Director
Phone: (540) 568-7124
Location: Moody Hall, Room 213

G. Hastedt, P. Plass, C. Robinson, S. Spivey

Associate Professors
T. Beitzel, T. Castle

Assistant Professors
G. DeFazio, J. McKee, B. Meade, T. Parsons, M. Poteyeva, H. Scheuerman


Justice studies is committed to offering an cross disciplinary, intellectually challenging and vocationally relevant course of study for persons interested in academic or applied careers in justice studies at the community, national or global level.


To carry out this mission, justice studies seeks to:

  • Help students develop a comprehensive understanding of justice studies.
  • Examine and explain justice and injustice and their impact on individuals, communities, institutions and/or nations.
  • Understand human behavior and interactive systems with a focus on negotiation and conflict resolution in justice contexts.
  • Sharpen students' ability to think and reason critically, to practice sound methodological skills and to communicate effectively.
  • Prepare students to utilize and produce scholarship in the field of justice studies.

Career Opportunities

The justice studies major includes opportunities for field work and career-related internships as part of the curriculum.

  • Peace Corps
  • Non-government organizations
  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law
  • Nonprofit groups (national and international)
  • Human services
  • Domestic and international security
  • Intelligence analysis
  • Diplomatic Corps
  • Research and graduate study

Transfer Credit

A maximum of three courses may be transferred into the justice studies major from other institutions. No transfer credit will be given for any course offered in the major at the 300 or 400 level.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

  • General Education  41 Credit Hours
  • Philosophy course 3 Credit Hours 1
  • Foreign language courses (intermediate level required) 1-14 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (core courses and selected tracks) 41 Credit Hours
  • Electives 18-38 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours


1 Any PHIL course except PHIL 120  or PHIL 150 . Consult the list of courses satisfying Bachelor of Arts degree requirements on the Registrar's website.

Major Requirements

Students must select one of the following tracks:

  • Track A. Crime and Criminology 
  • Track B. Global Justice and Policy 
  • Track C. Social Justice

Track C. Social Justice

This track is designed to investigate what is fair, equitable and just for society. Emphasizing the oppression and liberation of vulnerable, exploited and marginalized populations, this curriculum promotes sustainable and just solutions to social, political and economic problems. 

Students in Track C must take JUST 221. Social Justice Theories , and JUST 223. Social Justice Interventions and Policies .

Students select six additional courses from the following. At least four of the six electives must have a JUST identifier.

Total: 18 Credit Hours


1 May be taken for elective credit in Track C when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their advisers or the department head. 

2 Course is only open to students who are double majoring in psychology .

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Second Year

  • Track foundation course 3 Credit Hours
  • Outside track foundation course 3 Credit Hours
  • Track electives 6 Credit Hours

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Total: 17 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

Total: 6 Credit Hours


1 Can be counted for General Education, Cluster Three .

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