The Justice Studies Department provides a broad, research based interdisciplinary curriculum that addresses issues of justice and injustice in our rapidly changing world. The department prepares students for positions in a wide range of justice related careers. Students are also well prepared to pursue further education in justice studies research, law, and policy studies. Our recent graduates have gone on to become professionals within the justice system, have pursued careers in non profit agencies, and have continued their education in advanced degree programs. The Justice Studies Department is a member of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs.

Based on a cohort model, students in our Master's program are exposed to a rigorous curriculum grounded in theory, methods, and policy.  Over a 2-year period, students will take core seminars in theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, statistics, organizational behavior and change, and a capstone course.  These core seminars are complimented by a wide-variety of elective seminars in punishment, policing, juvenile justice, criminology, deviance, and law & society.

Upon graduation, students are well equipped to attend Ph.D. programs, law schools, work in research institutes, as well as to become leaders in justice related organizations.