Minor in Justice Studies

About the Minor

The Justice Studies minor is designed for students who wish to connect their major fields of study with a justice-focused curriculum. The minor explores mostly place-based social, economic, health, and environmental risk factors in ways that extend beyond the traditional criminal justice system. With emphases on engaged learning, co-curricular opportunities, and data-driven problem-solving, the Justice Studies minor both educates and gives students the tools needed to practice “justice” across a wide spectrum of broader fields of study.

Program Requirements

CJS Requirements
CJS 260Justice in Our Community4.0
CJS 262Places of Justice3.0
CJS 263Crime, Violence, and Climate Change3.0
CJS 303Applications of Justice3.0
CJS 330Crime Mapping I Using Geographic Information Systems4.0
Justice Studies Minor Program Electives
Students must take 9 credits of Justice Studies Minor program electives, selecting any combination of courses from the following list: *9.0
Language, Culture & Cognition
Introduction to World Religions
Topics in World Ethnography
Contemporary Art
African-American Art
Public Relations Principles and Theory
Theory and Models of Communication
Communication for Civic Engagement
Principles of Microeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Sociology of the Environment
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Introduction to Urban Planning
Cities and Sustainability
Environmental Justice
Global Climate Change
Leading Start-Ups
Building Entrepreneurial Teams
Mindfulness & Wellbeing
Social Entrepreneurship
Diversity Entrepreneurship
Organizational Development and Change for Corporate Entrepreneurs
An Entrepreneur's Introduction to Land: Its Essence, Ethics, and Opportunity
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Introduction to Social Psychology
Death and Dying
Psychology of Sexual Behavior
Psychology of Hate
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Health and Illness
Urban Sociology
Sociology of the Environment
Social Networks and Health
Housing and Homelessness
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
Introduction to Feminisms
Women & Human Rights Worldwide
Women and Society in a Global Context
Women's Health and Human Rights
Total Credits26.0

Other courses are feasible upon approval from the Program Director.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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