M.S. Justice Studies (Program Requirements)

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the end of a Master’s degree program in the Department of Justice Studies, students should be able to:

  1. Express a level of academic preparation that enables them to pursue advanced postgraduate degrees in justice-related areas.
  2. Employ interdisciplinary perspectives on systems of inequality and concepts of justice that will enable them to  develop research-informed solutions to contemporary social problems.
  3. Engage in transformative social praxis (action informed by theory, theory revised by action and experience) within local communities, organizations, and institutions
  4. Articulate scholarly-grounded perspectives on issues of justice through academic, professional and social media.
  5. Become actors of social change through a critical understanding of the local and global dimensions of social injustice.

CURRICULUM & REQUIREMENTS
We are excited to announce the new curriculum for the JS Master’s Program. The new curriculum addresses a broad range of issues in the fields of Criminology, History, Social Justice, Criminal Justice, and Human Rights. Beginning in Fall 2013, students in our program can choose one of two tracks:

  1. The Pre-Doctoral Track is designed for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D., and requires the completion of a thesis.
  2. The Professional/Policy Track is designed for students interested in working directly with public and private justice-related agencies, and culminates with a Master’s Internship and Evaluation Project.

Each option requires 30 units of coursework in a broad range of disciplinary areas. The program can be completed in 2 years attending full time, but must be completed within 7 years.

DISCIPLINARY AREAS
Methodology and Statistics
JS 202: Seminar in Justice Research Methods
JS 203: Seminar in Applied Statistics in Justice
JS 207: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD

History
JS 288/JS 211: Historical Issues in Justice Studies

JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD

Human Rights
JS 212: Local & Global Perspectives on Human Rights
JS 214: Seminar: Social Movements, Community Organizing, and Social Justice
JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD

Theory
JS 201: Seminar in Justice & Social Theory
JS 208: Seminar in Punishment
JS 209: Seminar in Police and Social Control
JS 253: Seminar in Advanced Criminology
JS 257: Seminar in Deviance & Justice
JS 258: Seminar in Advanced Corrections
JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD
JS 289: Advanced Seminar in Justice

Policy Analysis
JS 204: Justice Organizational Behavior and Change
JS 218: Seminar: Immigration, Law & Justice
JS 297: Program Evaluation Project
JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD

Legal Studies
JS 205: Seminar in Law & Courts
JS 288: Special Topics Seminar TBD

Thesis, Special Topics, and Individual Study
JS 299: Master’s Thesis
JS 298: Individual Study

CURRICULUM TRACKS
Plan A (Pre-Doctoral/Research) requirements (30 units)
Required Courses (15 units), must be completed with a grade point average of 2.7 (“B”):

JS 201: Seminar in Justice & Social Theory
JS 202: Seminar in Justice Research Methods
JS 203: Seminar in Applied Statistics in Justice or JS 207: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
JS 204: Justice Organizational Behavior and Change
JS 289: Advanced Seminar in Justice

Electives (9 units)
Master’s Thesis (JS 299 – 6 units) — see our Master’s Thesis Handbook for more information.

Plan B (Professional/Policy Track) requirements (30 units)
Required Courses (15 units), must completed with a grade point average of 2.7 (“B”):

JS 201: Seminar in Justice & Social Theory
JS 202: Seminar in Justice Research Methods
JS 203: Seminar in Applied Statistics in Justice or JS 207: Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
JS 204: Justice Organizational Behavior and Change
JS 289: Advanced Seminar in Justice

Electives (12 units)
Program Evaluation Project (JS 297 – 3 units) — see our Master’s Thesis Handbook for more information.