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Introduction 

In Justice Studies we seek to discover the social and historical roots of justice and injustice, and examine how popular understandings of these shape public policies, including those of the criminal justice system.  We study systematic explanations for the failure (or triumph) of justice in society and explore the potential for transformative justice.  through critical inquiry, social science investigation, and experiential learning, Justice Studies students develop an understanding of social and economic justice issues and critical criminology, which studies the structual roots of crime and takes up the legal and social concerns of diverse, urban, low-income and disenfranchised communities whose members are often clients of the criminal justice system.

The major is unique in that its starting point is from the perspective of the poor, socially disenfranchised, people of color, women, refugees, and communities victimized by crime.  The department makes a special effort to involve and serve community groups, minorities, and women.  Field experience complements the academic program.

Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (6 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.  Students must also have completed each course for the major and minor programs with a grade of "C" or better. 

Students intending to major in Justice Studies must complete a Declaration of Major form with the Justice Studies Department before being allowed to take the advanced required courses (300-level and above). This form, and those used to declare a minor in Social Justice, Criminology, or Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) are available in the department’s office, LWH 4062.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.

Courses 

The Justice Studies major consists of 39 credit hours (out of the total 120 you need to earn your Bachelor of Arts degree).  There are six (6) required courses and six (6) elective courses in the major. 

Required Courses:
• JUST 101: Introduction to Social Justice.......................3 cr.
• JUST 202 WIP: Justice and Inequality...........................3 cr.
• JUST 241: Research Methods in Justice Studies.........3 cr.
• JUST 301: Theories of Justice and Social Change.......3 cr.

Once you have completed these courses and at least three (3) Justice Studies electives, you will be eligible to take:

• JUST 345: Practicum in Justice Studies.........................3 cr.
• JUST 350: Field Work Seminar ......................................6 cr.

Elective Courses:
We offer a wide variety of electives that cover many different aspects of justice and injustice. Any Justice Studies course that is not one of the six required courses noted above is considered to be an elective in the major.  It is with your choice of these classes that you can tailor the major to your unique career path.

The program may accept a maximum of three transfer courses (9 credits) in criminal justice or criminology from community colleges or universities toward the major, provided the student has received a grade of “C” or above in those courses. Transfer courses count for elective credit in the major only. 
 

A list of the complete Justice Studies course catalog may be downloaded by clicking here
 

Concentrations Within the Major

It is possible to create elective clusters based upon your specific career interests.  A concentration is not required, but some students choose one in order to develop specific expertise.  Following are examples of concentrations clusters.

Criminal Justice Concentration
Taking several of these courses will prepare you well for an internship in adult or juvenile probation, the juvenile detention center, the public defender's office, and many community-based programs working with at-risk youth, ex-offenders, or organizations working to reform the criminal justice system.  These are also the electives you might want to take if you are planning a career in law enforcement.
  • JUST 201: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • JUST 307: Prisoner Reentry Systems
  • JUST 309: Portrayal of Crime in the Media
  • JUST 311: Women, Crime, and the cirminal Justice System
  • JUST 312: Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • JUST 313: Prisons & Jails
  • JUST 314: Police in the Minority Community
  • JUST 316: Crime, Violence and Culture
  • JUST 317: White Collar Crime and Elite Deviance
  • JUST 318: Gangs in Chicago
  • JUST 319: Latinos/as and the Criminal Justice System
  • JUST 326: Juvenile Justice System
  • JUST 329: Politics of Punishment
  • JUST 334: Criminal Law & Procedure
Justice and The Law Concentration
Taking several of these electives would prepare you well for interning and working in the legal field or community agencies that offer legal help to people, and for continuing on to law school.
  • JUST 322: Women, Justice and the Law
  • JUST 330: Legal Research and Bibliography in Criminal Law
  • JUST 331: Law and Racism in America
  • JUST 333: Community Law
  • JUST 334: Criminal Law and Procedure
  • JUST 335: Legal Process I
  • JUST 336: Postmodern Law and Criminology
  • JUST 338: Introduction to Human Rights
  • JUST 339: Tenants' Rights Clinic
  • JUST 340: Sociology of Law
  • JUST 351: Advocating for Social Justice in Illinois
  • JUST 364: Terrorism in Media and Law
  • JUST 371: U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas
Justice Across National Boundaries Concentration
These courses would prepare you to intern and work in local organizations serving immigrants and refugees, human rights organiozations, and for study travel.  They prepare you for careers or future study in governmental and nongovernmental organizations involved in transnational work, and with local communities of refugees and immigrants.
  • JUST 338: Introduction to Human Rights
  • JUST 343: Conflict Transformation
  • JUST 361: Five-Hundred Years of Resistance
  • JUST 362: Justice Issues in South Africa
  • JUST 363: Globalization and the Pursuit of Justice
  • JUST 364: Terrorism in Media and Law
  • JUST 370: Immigration in Global Perspective
  • JUST 371: U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas

Gender and Justice Concentration
Taking these classes would prepare you for an internship and future employment in a domestic violence agency, and LGBTQ organization, or a government office dealing with gender issues.

  • JUST 311: Women, Crime, and the cirminal Justice System
  • JUST 321: Violence Against Women
  • JUST 322: Women, Justice and the Law
  • JUST 324: Women as P0litical Prisoners
  • JUST 325: Women and Revolution: Theories of Justice
  • JUST 328: Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues
  • JUST 355: LGBTQ Communities and Crime

Justice and Ethnic Diversity Concentration
These classes would prepare you for an internship and future employment in an organization that is fighting against racism, or in an agency or community organization that serves refugee or immigrant populations, or a government office that investigates racial discrimination.

  • JUST 307: Prisoner Reentry System
  • JUST 314: Police in the Minority Community
  • JUST 316: Crime, Violence and Culture
  • JUST 318: Gangs in Chicago
  • JUST 319: Latinos/as and the Criminal Justice System
  • JUST 331: Law and Racism in America
  • JUST 332: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • JUST 361: Five-Hundred Years of Resistance
  • JUST 362: Justice Issues in South Africa
  • JUST 364: Terrorism in Media and Law
  • JUST 370: Immigration in Global Perspective
  • JUST 371: U.S. Immigration Policy and Human Rights in the Americas

Community Organizing for Justice Concentration
Taking these classes would prepare you for an internship and future employment in the field of community organizations that are working to improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods.

  • JUST 307: Prisoner Reentry Systems
  • JUST 331: Law and Racism in America
  • JUST 333: Community Law
  • JUST 338: Introduction to Human Rights
  • JUST 339: Tenants' Rights Clinic
  • JUST 343: Conflict Transformation
  • JUST 351: Advocating for Social Justice in Illinois
  • JUST 395: Hunger and Homelessness

Youth and Justice Concentration
See the courses listed under the Child Advocacy Studies (CAST) Minor.  

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

You are unique!  You have your own needs and goals as you complete your BA at Northeastern.  Please come into the Justice Studies office (LWH 4062) as soon as you are thinking about this major.  We will assign you a highly qualified member of our faculty to be your permanent advisor, who will help you develop an individualized plan for completing your degree in a way that fits with your goals. 

Suggested paths to earning the Justice Studies B.A. degree.

Careers & Employment 

The focus of the Justice Studies major at Northeastern is not limited to criminal justice concerns.   It examines the historical, legal and social obstacles to creating a more just society.  Therefore, by earning a bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies, you can pursue careers in a wide variety of fields that include government agencies, legal institutions, and community service and not-for-profit organizations that examine social and legal justice practices.  [more...]

Program Contact Information 

For more information, contact the Justice Studies Department at 773-442-4790, or by e-mail, Justice-Studies@neiu.edu. Additional information about the Justice Studies program is available in the NEIU catalog and the department's website via this link

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call 773- 442-5160 or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu/FinAid.htm.  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
 
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at scholarships@neiu.edu or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu.   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

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