The objectives of the Justice Bachelor of Arts program is to provide students with a theoretical background for understanding issues involving crime and the criminal justice system, and to prepare students for employment in the criminal justice professions.
General Interest Area:
Faculty interests and course topics allow students to explore the three primary areas of criminal justice: law enforcement; adjudication; and corrections, as well as theories regarding why persons commit crimes. The curriculum includes a unique course focused upon the criminal justice issues faced by the more than 200 remotely located Alaska Native villages, and upon graduation adventurous students have opportunities for lucrative employment with state agencies located in rural communities of the state.
High School Background:
High school students should pursue college preparatory courses, and concentrate on developing strong writing skills. The program’s introductory course JUST 110 is available to high school students through UAF’s Center for Distance Education.
Plan of Study:
The degree requires 42 credits, including a core sequence of 24 credits, providing a broad understanding of the various components of the criminal justice system. The program has cultivated strong relationships with several criminal justice agencies, creating internship opportunities for juniors and seniors in the program.
A minor is required for the Bachelor of Arts degrees, and because of the interdisciplinary nature of the criminal justice discipline Justice majors are encouraged to pursue minors in social work, psychology, sociology or paralegal studies.
In addition to the major and minor requirements, students are required to take a general core curriculum including liberal arts and sciences.
How to get Involved:
High school students interested in pursuing criminal justice careers often have opportunities to become involved with criminal justice activities through participation in Explorer Scout programs affiliated with local law enforcement agencies, or through involvement in youth court programs that are being introduced into many school districts as part of the restorative justice trend in criminal justice.
Career and Graduate Possibilites:
Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice have employment opportunities in all three primary components of the system: law enforcement; adjudication; and corrections. Graduates from UAF’s Justice program have found employment with many local law enforcement agencies, the Alaska State Troopers, federal law enforcement agencies, institutional correctional facilities, both adult and juvenile probation services, and the court system. Students with a sense of adventure have exceptional employment opportunities with state justice agencies located in rural communities such as Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, and Dillingham