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Our public justice program observes the criminal and civil justice systems and their associated professions from several different perspectives — anthropological, economical, historical, philosophical, psychological and sociological.

Centered primarily in the social and behavioral sciences, the program combines a liberal arts education, in-depth study in your area of interest and supervised fieldwork. Three tracks of study include criminal justice, human services and legal studies.

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The required practicum gives you the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-world settings, and enables you to make contact with working professionals — and possible employers. Add a forensic science minor — or double-major in public justice and psychology, sociology or political science — to more fully prepare for career or graduate school plans. Choose evening or online options to fit coursework around your work or family schedule. Excel and you can work as a peer adviser or undergraduate assistant in certain courses, and you may be eligible to join Alpha Delta Omega, the public justice honor society.


Opportunities include

  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Social work
  • Institutional corrections
  • Child welfare
  • Private security
  • Mediation

Graduate studies may include

  • Criminal justice
  • Law
  • Forensic science
  • Public administration
  • Social work
  • Labor relations
  • Judicial administration

“The best thing about a public justice major is the professors. A majority of the professors are experts in their field and have a number of years' experience in their field. Whether it be retired police officers or attorneys, they all use their firsthand experience to make learning more enjoyable and relatable.”

— Alyssa Derasmo ’14