Justice Studies Dual Major

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Justice Studies Dual Major

What is justice studies?

Whether you’re interested in working in law enforcement, the court system, as a U.S. Marshall or a victim’s advocate, our justice studies degree will give you a fundamental understanding of justice and legal systems in the U.S. and abroad. You’ll draw on disciplines such as social sciences, humanities and psychology while examining topics that range from racial justice and immigration law to juvenile delinquency, intimate partner violence, cybercrime and counterterrorism. Students with an interest in forensics also may consider the forensics minor. As a graduate of this program, you’ll be prepared for a career in the justice system or graduate study in law and related fields.

Why study justice studies at UNH?

As a justice studies major at UNH, you’ll have exceptional opportunities to take your learning beyond the classroom. The program offers internships in New England and Washington, D.C., as well as a study-abroad program in Budapest, Hungary, through which students learn about European justice systems. A major public research university, UNH also encourages students to engage in research projects with faculty through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. Additionally, you’ll have the chance to hone your debating skills through the UNH Mock Trial Program.

Potential careers

  • Community organizer
  • Criminal investigator
  • District attorney
  • Drug court director
  • FBI or CIA agent
  • Human rights advocate
  • Lawyer
  • Police officer
  • Private investigator
  • Probation officer
  • Profiler
  • Security personnel


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Curriculum & Requirements

The justice studies dual major is an interdisciplinary area that blends topics from humanities departments (e.g., philosophy), social science departments (e.g., psychology, sociology, women's studies), departments that include both humanities and social science faculty (history, political science), and professionally oriented departments (education, family studies, social work). Topics studied include courts, family violence, rights, substance abuse, juvenile justice, school law, children as witnesses, hate crimes, and community policing. Students will be required to choose a first major before they will be able to declare justice studies as a second major. The goal is to produce graduates who have a higher level of knowledge about law and justice in American society and in the world so that they will mature into more knowledgeable and effective citizens. The justice studies dual major is intended for students who are looking for careers in the justice system or who seek graduate training in law or social sciences and humanities related to the law.

The dual major in justice studies requires students to take a minimum of eight courses (32 credits), each completed with a grade of a C- or better. Students are required to have a grade-point average of a 2.5 or better before they can be accepted into the program. The dual major cannot be declared until after a first major has been declared. Students can count no more than two courses for both the first major and dual major, and students are not allowed to take more than two courses from any one department (except for JUST). An unlimited number of dual major courses can be used to satisfy Discovery requirements.

Required Courses
JUST 401Introduction to Justice Studies4
JUST 501Research Methods4
JUST 601Internship (seniors only)4
or JUST 602 Research Internship
JUST 701Senior Seminar (writing-intensive course) 14
Select one of the following:4
Law and Society
Politics of Crime and Justice
Introductory Criminology
Elective Courses
Select three elective courses from the justice studies approved course list12
Total Credits32

Elective Courses

This list is approved and published yearly by the Justice Studies Executive Committee.

ANTH 550Introduction to Forensic Anthropology4
ANTH 697Special Topics (Only topic: Culture and Citizenship)4
BIOL 420Introduction to Forensic Sciences4
CMN 637Controversy and Reasoning in Law4
CMN 765Police Talk4
EDUC 767Students, Teachers, and the Law4
HDFS 772International Approaches to Child Advocacy4
HDFS 776Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 794Families and the Law4
HMP 744LHealth Law2
HIST 440AMartin Luther King, Jr., and the Struggle for Racial Justice4
HIST 440CHonors/Collective Guilt and Collective Responsibility in History4
HIST 440DHonors/Citizens and Persons4
HIST 498Explorations of Historical Perspectives (Before the Museum Ban: Immigration and Law in U.S. History)4
HIST 509Law in American Life4
HIST 609Special Topics in American Legal History4
HIST 64519th Century European Great Powers - Diplomacy and International Law4
HLS 410Introduction to Homeland Security4
HLS 415Fundamentals of Corporate Security4
HLS 580Environmental and Human Security4
HLS 760Strategic Planning and Decision Making4
HMGT 625Hospitality and Employment Law (only HMGT majors allowed)4
HUMA 444EWhat is a Criminal?4
HUMA 525Humanities and the Law4
INCO 460Deflategate4
JUST 405Technology, Crime, and Society: A Forensic Exploration of High-Tech and Digital Crime4
JUST 410Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARPP) Peer Advocacy2
JUST 415SHARPP Advocacy II2
JUST 520Girls Gone Bad: Delinquent Girls in Cultural Context4
JUST 530Inside the Courtroom: Torn from the Headlines4
JUST 550
JUST 551
Mock Trial
and Mock Trial (must take 2 semesters to count as a JS elective)
JUST 591Forensic Psychology4
or PSYC 591 Special Topics
JUST 595Special Topics (no more than two courses)4
JUST 650
JUST 651
Special Studies in Comparative Justice Systems
and Field Studies in the Hungarian Justice System
JUST 795Reading and Research (variable credit)1-4
LLC 540Film History (Terrorism(s) A Humanistic and Cinematic Outlook)4
MGT 647Business Law I (only Business Administration, Accounting, and Business Administration and Management allowed)4
NR 718Law of Natural Resources and Environment3
PHIL 436Social and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 635Philosophy of Law4
PHIL 660Law, Medicine, and Ethics4
PHIL 701Topics in Value Theory4
PHIL 740Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Law4
POLT 440AHonors/Global Justice (Global Justice)4
POLT 444BCruel and Unusual in a Federal System4
POLT 508Supreme Court and the Constitution4
POLT 513Civil Rights and Liberties4
POLT 520Politics, Justice, and Morality4
POLT 547Race and Justice in the Americas: Insights from Film, Literature, and Politics4
POLT 548Drug Wars4
POLT 568Introduction to Intelligence (only when taught by Professor MacPherson)4
POLT 701Courts and Public Policy4
POLT 765Security Intelligence Study4
POLT 798BSeminar in American Politics (only topic: Security Intelligence)4
PSYC 591Special Topics (Forensic Psychology)4
or JUST 591 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 755Psychology and Law4
PSYC 756Psychology of Crime and Justice4
RMP 772Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services (must have junior/senior status)4
SOC 525Juvenile Crime and Delinquency4
SOC 535Homicide4
SOC 620Drugs and Society4
SOC 655Sociology of Law and Justice4
SOC 656Terrorism4
or POLT 570 Counterterrorism: Nation states' responses to terrorist activity
SOC 715Criminological Theory4
SOC 720Sociology of Drug Use4
SOC 780Social Conflict4
SW 525Social Welfare Policy: History of Social and Economic Justice4
SW 705Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice4
WS 595Special Topics (Only topics Violence Against Women and Gender and the Law)1-4

The required minimum overall GPA in major coursework is 2.5.

Candidates for a degree must satisfy all of the University Discovery Program requirements in addition to satisfying the requirements of each individual major program. Bachelor of arts candidates must also satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirement.

Students who are interested in a dual major in justice studies will need to file an Intent to Dual Major form. The form is available in the justice studies office or can be downloaded from the program website at cola.unh.edu/justice-studies. Program offices are located in Room 206 of Huddleston Hall and are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Ellen Cohn at (603) 862-3197, e-mail ellen.cohn@unh.edu; or Deb Briand at (603) 862-1716, e-mail deborah.briand@unh.edu. 

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