Justice Studies, Bachelor of Arts

Public Administration and Justice Studies

Extended Campuses

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.

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Justice Administration - Emphasis (ending Summer 2014)
  • Justice Theory - Emphasis (ending Summer 2014)
This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2014

  • 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 diversity, liberal studies, 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.

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

Students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Foreign Language Optional
University Honors Program Optional
Progression Plan Link Not Available

  • Individual program admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.

Major Requirements
  • 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. Course(s) must have been taken within 10 years of admission to Northern Arizona University subject to advisor approval. 

  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories. At least 3 units of the 6 units must be upper-division.
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • 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.

  • 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.

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 of the academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. You may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.

    We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you.

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