Community Justice Major (BS)


From asylum-seekers at our nation’s borders to concerns about police-community relations, and fears over-active shooters, our local communities and nation rely upon law enforcement and human rights professionals to deal with society’s complex problems, many originating systematically from macro process of globalization and economic restructuring.

Our Community Justice majors will be instructed in cultural competency, anthropological research methodologies (including forensics), the principles of the criminal justice system and the complexities of ethics and justice.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ predictions, by 2026, one can expect the addition of new jobs in the following occupations: 800 new jobs for emergency management directors, 8,200 for police, fire and ambulance dispatchers, 53,400 for police and detectives, and 65,000 for lawyers. Certain occupations relevant to this new major are forecasted to experience faster than average growth (7%), such as the following: Arbitrators and Mediators at 10%, private detectives and investigators at 11%, and community and service managers at 18%.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (31-40 credits - 40 if students take stand-alone courses for I, W, and Y)

Major Department Requirements (42 credits)

CJD/ANT Community Justice Major (BS degree) – (42 credits)

Core: Intro Courses (21 credits):

Methods (6 credits)

Theory (3 credits)

Statistics (3 credits) - Pre-req for CRJ 471

Choice of:

Elective 300-400 level (9 credits)

Electives (38-47 Credits)

Total Credits (120 Credits)

*denotes courses that meet both major and general education requirements

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Majors need to earn a grade minimum of C in core courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this major, students should be able to do the following:

  1. To articulate the discursive and theoretical complexities concerning what is community and what is justice and how these two concepts intersect.
  2. To demonstrate cultural competency and knowledge of human biodiversity through time and across cultures.
  3. To develop effective arguments using sound cross-cultural critical thinking when evaluating issues related to social control, crime prevention, community development, punishment, adjudication and human rights.
  4. To collect, analyze and present data (in oral and written language), in accordance with related ethical standards.