Crime and Justice Studies (CJS) offers teachings in criminology, criminal justice and justice studies, successfully bridging the social sciences and humanities. We offer a multi-disciplinary program that specializes in the study of the criminal justice system’s history, policies, politics and procedures.
Offering criminology, criminal justice and justice studies within one department allows students interested in the various branches of work in this field (law enforcement, courts, corrections, probation, parole, social services, youth services, community building, policy, research, etc.) to begin cross-agency dialogue with each other, within our classrooms and before they enter the workforce. This allows our students to grasp comprehensive perspectives on the various, at times conflicting expectations of the overlapping institutions and agencies that comprise or have to interact with the criminal justice system. Our students learn to analyze structural, institutional, and transnational violence, gaining knowledge and skills to use towards better understanding and perhaps transforming unjust conditions that impact society and their home communities.
Admission into the Major
Students seeking admission to Crime and Justice Studies must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
Students seeking to declare Crime and Justice Studies as their major must schedule an interview with the department chairperson.