Bachelors Degree in Justice


The Justice discipline represents a melding of  theoretical and applied concepts, and both the B.A. in Justice and the M.A. in Administration of Justice reflect that dichotomy. Consequently, students explore theoretical models associated with different aspects of the criminal justice system, but also study the structure and administration of the criminal justice system.

The applied nature of the discipline results in graduates with a B.A. degree in Justice favorably competing for professional positions within various Justice employment fields. Justice juniors and seniors also enjoy opportunities for internships with various Justice agencies.

See the linked PDF for a listing of all courses required (in addition to Justice courses) to complete the BA.

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See the attachment for a listing of course requirements for the major or minor in Justice.

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Go to the video links below to meet your instructors and get a preview of what you will learn in your Justice classes!

Course Descriptions

JUST F110 Introduction to Justice

3 Credits
Survey of the structure and process of the agencies of criminal justice. Includes introduction to criminology, criminal law, police, courts and corrections. Also available via Independent Learning. (3+0). Watch video course description!

Introduction to Justice

JUST 110 Introduction to Justice ONLINE

3 credits

Same as JUST110 but online. Watch video course description!

Introduction to Justice ONLINE

JUST F125 Introduction to Addictive Processes

3 Credits
Focus on gaining knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of addiction. Historic and behavioral approaches, disease concept and current trends relating to addiction presented. Twelve step and self-help approaches explored. (Cross-listed with HUMS F125.) (3+0). See video course description:

Introduction to Addictive Processes

Russel Brand discusses addiction and treatment with British Parliamentary Committee

JUST F222 Research Methods (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Application of social science research methods to solving scientific and nonscientific questi1ons arising in justice or political science. Basic methods include statistical analysis, survey research, and Internet applications. Prerequisites: JUST F110. (3+0). Video course description:

Research Methods

JUST F251 Criminology (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring
The study of the major areas of deviant behavior and its relationship to society, law and law enforcement, including the theories of crime causation. Prerequisites: JUST F110. (3+0). See video course description:


JUST F300X Ethics and Justice (h)

3 Credits
An examination of ethical and moral concepts, and their relationship to criminal justice issues. Applies ethics theories to the criminal justice institutions of police, courts and corrections. Examines ethical and moral dilemmas which confront crime control policy makers. Prerequisites: Junior standing. (3+0). See video course description:

Ethics and Justice

Ethics and Justice ONLINE

JUST F310 Principles of Corrections (s)

3 Credits     Offered Spring Even-numbered Years
An introduction to adult institutions, community- based programs, and theories of incarceration. Correctional programs are examined. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing. (3+0). See video course description!

Principles of Corrections

JUST F335W Gender and Crime

3 Credits     Offered Spring
An exploration of gender and crime including the extent of female crime, victimization, masculinity and violence, and women professionals in the justice system. Prerequisites: JUST F110; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; junior standing. (Cross-listed with WMS F335.) (3+0)

Gender and Crime

JUST F340 Rural Justice in Alaska (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall
Application of the western justice system to remote northern Native villages including issues arising from cultural conflicts, difficulties associated with a centralized justice system serving distant roadless communities, the federal/Indian relationship, and a description of crime occurring in the villages. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing. (3+0). See video course description:

Rural Justice

JUST F345W Police Problems

3 Credits     Offered Fall

Analysis of the nature of coercive power and the special problems faced by people who assume the responsibility of coercing others; how coercive power affects personality and how personality affects the way different types of people respond to the challenge and responsibilities of using coercive means; conditions that discourage excessive use of coercive means and encourage police officers to develop in morally and politically mature ways. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0) See video course description:

Police Problems

JUST F352 Criminal Law

3 Credits
A study of elements, purposes and functions of the substantive criminal law with emphasis upon historical and philosophical concepts. Prerequisites: JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0). See video description:

Criminal Law

JUST F354 Procedural Law

3 Credits     Offered Fall

The legal limitations of the police and the right of the people to be secure from the government under the protections of the Constitution and the Rules of Evidence. Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; JUST F110; junior standing. (3+0). Watch video course description:

Procedural Law

JUST F358 Juvenile Delinquency (s)

3 Credits     Offered Fall
Theories of delinquency, the extent of delinquency, the historical development of juvenile justice, the juvenile system, and how it impacts on youth in relation to police, courts, institutions and community programs. Includes youth violence, gangs, gender, race and class. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and JUST F251, or permission of instructor. (3+0). See video course description below:

Juvenile Delinquency

JUST F453O Comparative Criminology

3 Credits  Offered Fall

The Justice Program focuses on the American justice system with an emphasis in restorative processes, alternative dispute resolution and Alaskan justice. This course examines the development of philosophy and law and the historical and modern practice of justice throughout the world. Prerequisites: COMM F131X or COMM F141X; JUST F110; JUST F251 or permission of instructor. (3+0)

JUST F454W Advanced Problems in Procedural Law

3 Credits     Offered Spring
Advanced study of the elements of criminal procedural law. Emphasis on the legal limitations of the police and the right of people to be secure from the government under protections of the U.S. Constitution and “rules of evidence.” Prerequisites: JUST F110; JUST F354; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; and junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3+0). See video course description:

JUST F475 Internship

3 – 9 Credits
Supervised work experience in criminal justice agencies . Prerequisites: Permission of director of intern program. Note: Department approval required for 9 credits . (3 – 9+0). See below for video description.

Director Daku's Internship Introduction

Internship Testimonial- Morgan Hostina

Internship Testimonial- Jeff Thompson

JUST F492 Seminar

1 – 6  Credits. Various topics of current interest and importance to the justice major will be presented. Topics will be announced prior to each offering. Prerequisites: JUST F110, junior standing, and permission of instructor. (1 – 6+0)

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