Undergraduate FAQ

In order to officially declare Justice Studies as a minor you will need to fill out an “Intent to Minor Form” and submit it to the Justice Studies Program Office in 202 Huddleston. This form can be downloaded from our webpage or you may pick up a hard copy in the Justice Studies Program Office. Once this paperwork has been submitted you are automatically admitted to the program.

In order to officially declare Justice Studies as a dual major you will need to have a GPA of a 2.50 or better and will need to fill out an “Intent to Dual Major Form” and complete the change of program process, outlined on our Declaring a Major page. The form will need to be submitted to the Justice Studies Program Office in 202 Huddleston and can be downloaded from our webpage and the Change of Program Form can be accessed through webcat on the myUNH portal. Once this paperwork has been submitted and the online process has been completed, you are automatically admitted to the program. See Declaring a Major page for complete information and forms.

Declaring a Major

myUNH portal

You may declare a dual major or minor in Justice Studies at anytime. Currently, there is no set deadline to do so.

Yes. Second semester freshman who have declared a first major and have a GPA of a 2.50 or better are eligible to declare Justice Studies.

Yes. If you are planning on declaring Justice Studies but your GPA is not a 2.50 or better you can still take the required courses. As soon as your GPA is a 2.50 or better you can officially declare.

Yes. The Justice Studies Program allows you to double count up to two classes towards your first major and the dual major in Justice Studies.

Yes. The Justice Studies Program allows you to double count up to two classes towards your minor.

Yes. An unlimited number of Justice Studies courses can be used to satisfy Discovery and General Education requirements.

Yes, you will need an advisor for the dual major program. You may choose any Justice Studies faculty member listed on our webpage or you may see any of the advisors listed below: 
Deb Briand - Freshman (0-25 credits earned) & Sophomore’s (26-57 credits earned) A206A Huddleston Hall - PH: 862-1716 – Email: justice.studies@unh.edu 
Donna Perkins – Juniors (58-89 credits earned) 212 Huddleston Hall – PH: 862-7012 – Email: Donna@cisunix.unh.edu 
Ellen Cohn – Seniors (90 or more credits earned) 206A Huddleston Hall – PH: 862-3197 – Email: ellen.cohn@unh.edu

This list can be found on our courses page. It is a good idea to download this list at the beginning of each semester as it is updated regularly.

courses

JUST 601 is the traditional internship in which students work 12-15 hours per week in an applied setting, attend a weekly practicum meeting, read assigned articles and write paper assignments. This course is under the supervision of Professor Robert Eckstein. JUST 602 is a research internship in which students work on research 12-15 hours per week, read assigned articles, meet regularly with a Justice Studies faculty advisor, and write a paper.

No. JUST 401 is usually taken during your freshman or sophomore years and JUST 501 is usually taken during your sophomore or junior years. JUST 601 is reserved for seniors but, if there is space, juniors may take this course with the permission of Professor Robert Eckstein.

Yes. JUST 501 (Research Methods) involves a focus on three kinds of research: quantitative, qualitative and legal. It is unlikely you have had a research methods course that covers all three areas.

JUST 701 will vary depending on who is teaching. This course is writing intensive. Some examples of the seminar topics that have been offered are: Bullying in Schools, Great Legal Cases in History, Law & Religion in America, Mediation, Native American Religions and the Law, Organizational Leadership in Justice Studies, Understanding Sexual & Intimate Partner Violence, Law and Justice at the Founding, Child Custody, Youth Violence.

The dual major will prepare you for graduate school in Justice Studies, Legal Studies, and Criminology and for Law School. In addition, those of you doing the traditional internship JUST 601 will be prepared for a career in the Justice Field, including Corrections, Probation, Police, Victim Witness, and law-related areas.

You would want to schedule an appointment with a Pre-Law Advisor. See the Pre-Law Advising Website for more information.

Pre-Law Advising Website

The Master of Arts degree program in Justice Studies provides a broad understanding of justice while supporting in-depth inquiry into specific questions and interests. It utilizes a multidisciplinary approach and draws on content from eleven different departments. The program provides flexibility for students who seek to tailor their graduate experience toward a specific interest within the expertise of our faculty. Our students study with interested, challenging, and committed graduate students across the university as well as work closely with a faculty with established reputations as scholars, teachers, and practitioners. Program requirements include a common core, a research core, a concluding course leading to either a thesis or a culminating project, and electives. The 36 credit program can be completed in one calendar year of full-time study.

You may contact the Justice Studies Program Office for an application or you may apply directly through the Graduate School. Online applications are also available through the Graduate School webpage.

Graduate School

No, early admission is not an option for the MAJS Program. All in-coming students must begin the program by taking JUST 830 (Theories of Justice) and JUST 905 (Quantitative Research Methods). These courses are only offered in August.

A Master’s Degree in Justice Studies will help you to become a competitive candidate for jobs in the justice field. Our recent graduates have gone on to become Police Officers, Crime Data Analyst for Police Departments, Juvenile Parole & Probation Positions and work within the Court System or in Legal Firms. Other students have gone on to Law School or to Ph.D. Programs. See our Career Planning page.