In Justice Studies we seek to discover the social and historical roots of justice and injustice and examine how popular understandings of these shape public policies, including those of the criminal justice system. We study systematic explanations for the failure (or triumph) of justice in society and explore the potential for transformative justice. Through critical inquiry, social science investigation, and experiential learning, Justice Studies students develop an understanding of social and economic justice issues and critical criminology, which studies the structural roots of crime and takes up the legal and social concerns of diverse, urban, low-income and disenfranchised communities whose members are often clients of the criminal justice system.
The major is unique in that its starting point is from the perspective of the poor, socially disenfranchised, people of color, women, refugees, and communities victimized by crime. The department makes a special effort to involve and serve community groups, minorities, and women. Field experience complements the academic program.
The focus of the Justice Studies major at Northeastern is not limited to criminal justice concerns. It examines the historical, legal, and social obstacles to creating a more just society. Therefore, students earning a bachelor's degree in Justice Studies can avail themselves of a wide variety of fields that include government agencies, legal institutions, and community service and not-for-profit organizations that examine social and legal justice practices. The curriculum provides academic and experiential training for students to pursue careers in a variety of areas.
All Justice Studies majors take six required courses plus eighteen credit hours of electives. Please consult your advisor about the sequence of courses. All students must take a writing-in-the-discipline, “WIP” class. JUST-202 fulfills this requirement.
|JUST-101 Introduction To Social Justice||3|
|JUST-202 Writing Intensive Program: Justice And Inequality||3|
|JUST-301 Theories Of Justice And Social Change||3|
|JUST-348 Research Methods In Justice Studies||3|
|Electives (six additional courses in Justice Studies)||18|
|JUST-345 Practicum In Justice Studies||3|
|JUST-350 Field Work Seminar||6|
NOTE: A maximum of nine (9) transfer credit hours in Justice Studies-, Criminal Justice-, or Criminology-oriented courses can be transferred in from other colleges and/or universities toward the major, subject to the approval of a faculty advisor. These courses will usually be counted as electives. All electives in Justice Studies should be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and chosen in an area of concentration related to the student's academic and career interests.
JUST-339 Tenant's Rights Clinic meets the University Core Curriculum requirements for Experiential Learning Experience (ELE) classes and can be taken by all NEIU students, including Justice Studies majors. JUST-350 Field Work Seminar is another ELE class offered only to Justice Studies majors.
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