Extended Campuses2014-2015

Public Administration and Justice Studies

Justice Studies, Bachelor

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Justice Administration - Emphasis
  • Justice Theory - Emphasis (ending Summer 2016)

The courses offered in the Justice Studies program are designed to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation from which they can address current issues facing the criminal justice field. The skills focused on in the different emphases (Justice Theory or Justice Administraiton) have been purposefully selected to enable students to succeed as a criminal justice practitioner and leader, enhance the employment and career opportunities for criminal justice professionals, and for those in the Justice Theory emphasis, prepare students to pursue an advanced degree in justice studies.

Emphasis in Justice Administration:
Students pursuing a degree in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Justice Administration will be prepared to enter a career in the criminal justice field and pursue a variety of assignments. For those students currently employed in the criminal justice field, an emphasis in Justice Administration will enable the successful pursuit of various criminal justice assignments and leadership positions.

Emphasis in Justice Theory:
Students pursuing a degree in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Justice Theory will be prepared to pursue an advanced degree in justice studies. This emphasis will also enhance the employment and career opportunties for criminal justice practitioners.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor in Justice Studies?

This degree provides a foundation in both criminal justice and administration. You will learn about the intricacies of the criminal justice system, which will prepare you for a career in law enforcement, homeland security, and other justice-related fields.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Law enforcement (local, state, or federal)
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Corrections
  • Private security
  • Court personnel
  • Legal offices
  • Juvenile justice
  • Victim advocacy

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Public defender
  • Public policy analyst


University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 36 units of major coursework
  • 6 units of communication skills
  • 12-16 hours of a foreign language
  • Elective courses, as needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Foreign Language Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link Not Available

Details

Major Requirements
Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Communication Requirements (6 units)

    Choose 6 units in the following two categories. 

    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
      • CST 111, CST 311, CST 312, CST 314, CST 315CST 318 (Performance-based courses are defined as having at least 51 percent of the evaluation of the student being based upon oral performance.)
      • Or advisor approved
    • Theory-based courses, select one from the following (3 units)
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.


  • Foreign Language or Science Requirement Option (18-19 units)

    Foreign Language Requirement Option (19 units)

    Foreign Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.
     
    AND

    Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • OR

    Science Requirement Option (18 units)
  • AND

    Computer Literacy (6 units)

    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software.Course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admission to Northern Arizona University. Subject to advisor approval.

    • Select CIS 120 or BBA 293 (3 units)
    • BBA 340 or Advisor Approved coursework including the CIS or CS prefix (3 units)
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.
     

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