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.
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):
- CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 203 Police Process
- CRJ 205 Criminal Law and Process
- CRJ 207 The Corrections Process
- ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology* – pre-req. for ANT 383
- ANT 256 Introduction to Forensic Anthropology – pre-req. for ANT 356
- PHL 102 Ethics
Methods (6 credits)
- ONE of the following courses:
- CRJ 471 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Theory (3 credits)
Statistics (3 credits) - Pre-req for CRJ 471
- MTH 243 Elementary Statistics
- SOC 200 Social Statistics
- PYS 202 Introductory Statistics for Psychology
- any acceptable stats
Elective 300-400 level (9 credits)
- ANT 301 Native Americans: Contemporary Issues*
- ANT 303 Native American Women*
- ANT 304 Native American Images in Film and Media*
- ANT 305 Gender sex and Power: The View from Inside*
- ANT 315 The Migration Experience: Cultural Perspectives*
- ANT 321 Global Friction: Conflict in the Anthropocene*
- ANT 364 GIS and Spatial Survey for the Social Sciences
- ANT 368 Forced from Home: Refugees, IDPS and Asylees*
- ANT 415 Human Rights and Political Ecology
- ANT 416 Exiled to America: Experiences of Refugee Resettlement*
- ANT 499 Independent Study in Anthropology
- CRJ 304 Investigations
- CRJ 331 Community Based Corrections
- CRJ 371 Introduction to Forensic Sciences
- CRJ 431 Crime Prevention and Control
- CRJ 465 Terrorism and the Criminal Justice System
- CRJ 476 Race & Crime
- CRJ 477 Family Violence
- CRJ 479 Victimology*
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:
- To articulate the discursive and theoretical complexities concerning what is community and what is justice and how these two concepts intersect.
- To demonstrate cultural competency and knowledge of human biodiversity through time and across cultures.
- 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.
- To collect, analyze and present data (in oral and written language), in accordance with related ethical standards.