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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Justice Studies, Global Justice and Policy Track, B.S.

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Dr. Glenn P. Hastedt, Director
Phone: (540) 568-7124
Email: hastedgp@jmu.edu
Location: Moody Hall, Room 213
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/justicestudies

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  courses 41 Credit Hours
  • Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3 Credit Hours
  • Scientific literacy requirement (in addition to General Education ) 3-4 Credit Hours
  • Major requirements (core courses and selected track) 41 Credit Hours
  • Electives 28-35 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours

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 B. Global Justice and Policy

This track explores issues of justice in global context. Most prominent among them are questions of security, equity and equality. Courses in this track address the individual, group and state dimensions of these and related issues in a diverse set of policy areas including democratization, cultural identity, developmental, environmental protection, conflict resolution and human rights.

All students in Track B must take POSC 230. International Relations  and JUST 235. Justice in the Global Community .

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


Note: Other courses may be substituted with adviser’s and department chair’s consent.

Select six additional courses from the following:

Total: 18 Credit Hours


1 Only one course from this option may be counted towards the major; approval for course selection from Justice Studies and the academic unit offering the course is also required.
2 May be taken for elective credit in Track B when the topic is appropriate. Students should seek approval from their adviser or the department head. 

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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