Justice Studies

Mission

The major in Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary liberal arts major predicated on the belief that the study of the law and legal institutions must be accompanied by the proper administration of the law through efficient and equitable public policy in the achievement of social justice. Therefore, it provides students with the theoretical, methodological, and policy dimensions to study the law, society, and policy in the fulfillment of social justice. Most important, to provide students a foundation for life-long learning, a liberal arts foundation for them to offer new vision and leadership for positive societal change. The program offers rigorous academic study characterized by critical analysis, dialogue, and nonviolent approaches to domestic and foreign policy issues. There is both a local and global emphasis and application to exploring issues of criminal justice, peace and conflict studies, as well as a variety of issues within the context of women’s and gender studies. The major is excellent preparation for graduate education in public policy, sociology, public administration, criminal justice, urban studies, peace and conflict studies, women’s and gender studies or other related social sciences. Students graduating with the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Justice Studies from Regis College are prepared for a variety of careers, including but not limited to, the following: law enforcement, public service, public administration, Peace Corps, nonprofit organizations (national and international), human services, teaching, and community service organizations focusing on mediation and conflict resolution. Students are actively engaged citizens involved in civic activism, influencing policy in their communities, and supporting their communities through service.

Program Goals/Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the BA program in Justice Studies will be life-long learners who:

  • Know major theories and concepts related to the law and legal institutions as well as major theories, concepts, and methodological research principles in sociology and the social sciences.
  • Articulate the political and sociological dimensions of multicultural and pluralistic nature of US and global public policy through racial, ethnic, social, economic, religious, sexual and gender differences.
  • Design & complete a significant research project and experiential learning activiity grounded in scholarly literature and focusing on an interdisciplinary justice studies issue.
  • Knowledge of criminological behavior, criminal law and procedure, corrections and demonstrate the ability to analyze quantitatively and qualitatively various perspectives on contemporary justice issues related to criminal justice.
  • Knowledge of peace and conflict resolution and demonstrate the ability to analyze quantitatively and qualitatively various perspectives of contemporary justice issues related to conflict resolution and achieving peace.
  • Analyze quantitatively and qualitatively various perspectives of contemporary justice issues from a women’s and gender perspective. 

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies:
Criminal Justice Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
SO 201 PO 326 
Core Philosophy * MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed)

Second Year

Fall Spring
Criminology (SO 3XX) Methods of Social Research (ID 3XX)
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * PO 327
EN (Core Literature) * Core History *
Core Social Science 2 * Core Expressive Art *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *

Third Year

Fall Spring
SO 324 PO 356
ID 413 RS/SO 280
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
ID 413 Justice Studies Seminar (ID 4XX)
PO 316 Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies:
Peace & Conflict Studies Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan 

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
SO 201 PO 326
Core Philosophy * MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed)

Second Year

Fall Spring
SO 260 Methods of Social Research (ID 3XX)
PO 351 PO 327
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * Core History *
EN (Core Literature) * Core Expressive Art *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Natural Science 2 *

Third Year

Fall Spring
SO 303A RS/SO 280
ID 413 Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
PO 325 Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core Social Science 2 * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
ID 413 Justice Studies Seminar (ID 4XX)
PO 316 Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies:
Women’s & Gender Studies Concentration

Sample Degree Completion Plan

First Year

Fall Spring
RC 101 * RC 101 (linked course) *
EN 105 (or EN 100 if needed) * EN 106 (Pre-req: EN105 if needed) *
LG 201 (Core Social Science 1 & Major) * Core Religious Studies *
SO 201 WS 201
Core Philosophy * MA 210 (or MA 096/MA 100 if needed)

Second Year

Fall Spring
WS & GS Concentration Course Methods of Social Research (ID 3XX)
ID 304 (Core Ethical Reasoning) * SO 367
EN (Core Literature) * Core History *
Core Natural Science 1 * Core Expressive Art *
Core or General Elective or Minor Core Natural Science 2 *

Third Year

Fall Spring
WS & GS Concentration Course WS & GS Concentration Course
ID 413 WS & GS Concentration Course
Core Social Science 2 * Core Capstone Experience (1 Credit) *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
  Core or General Elective or Minor *

Fourth Year

Fall Spring
ID 413 Justice Studies Seminar (ID 4XX)
PO 316 Core or General Elective or Minor *
WS & GS Concentration Course Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *
Core or General Elective or Minor * Core or General Elective or Minor *

* The courses identified by asterisk (*) represent college-wide Core Requirements.

Courses Business & Social Science Pathway

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