What You’ll Learn
You’ll learn how to handle society’s complex issues related to social inequalities within our nation’s systems.
Students in the community justice program will be instructed in cultural competency, anthropological research methodologies (including forensics), the principles of the criminal justice system, and the ethical complexities of promoting justice. This interdisciplinary program incorporates courses from the Departments of Anthropology and Criminal Justice.
The unique focus of the program is the integration of a “step-into-their-shoes” anthropological approach to the criminological pursuit of justice. It focuses on educating students about how societal systems interact with personal histories to create different realities for different people. This multi-level understanding is key for students interested in cultivating careers in advocacy and human rights, the legal or law enforcement fields, humanitarian and community workers, and forensic specialists.
We recommend submitting first-year applications in October or early November. We decide your admission once you complete your application.
Next Deadline for Transfer Students
Fall Semester: August 1Undergraduate Admissions
First in the Nation
Our innovative community justice program is the first of its kind in our nation. It offers a unique pairing between our Department of Criminal Justice and Department of Anthropology.
Recent events across our nation underscore the importance of social justice and the need to transform our existing societal institutions and systems. Our program offers an alternative approach for students interested in criminology. Our approach emphasizes theoretical considerations of power and an applied toolkit for understanding and connecting to people from diverse backgrounds.
Currently, there is a need for advocates, law enforcement, legal professionals, and community service managers, who understand the intersections of race, class, and history. This demand will only increase in the future as people-facing professionals contend with the marginalization of our society’s vulnerable populations and seek to improve society.
Popular careers that majors could pursue include, but are not limited to:
- Community Service Manager
- Mediator or Arbitrator
- Emergency Management Director
- Health Advocate
- Nonprofit Project Coordinator
- Environmental Justice Lawyer,
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