Academic resources


PBJ 397 may be taken for three or six semester hours of credit, depending on the student’s interests and the demands of particular placements, and must work 40 hours in his or her agency for each credit earned. In addition, students must write reports about their fieldwork experience and relate it to the students’ studies. PBJ 397 is not an internship; it is a course with a required fieldwork component, where academic research and paper writing are an integral part.

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Research paper guidelines and manual

Department paper guidelines and writing manual
Sample paper

Writing plan

Writing is a process that requires development of research and critical thinking skills. Students who wish to pursue careers in the public justice system must be able to speak and write clearly and effectively, analyze and solve problems, observe events and behavior and report their observations accurately, and work cooperatively with others. To properly meet these objectives, writing is imperative.

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Course resources


Every Public Justice major has the opportunity to design his or her own individualized program that best meets his or her needs and interests. All Public Justice students take the same five core courses, but the possible combinations of electives are limited only by each student’s imagination, initiative, and schedule.

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Minors and double majors

Because public justice is an multidisciplinary major, many students use some of their 21 hours of major electives toward a second major or a minor. Students are permitted to have two majors and one minor or one major and two minors.

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No one pre-law major guarantees entry into law school or ensures competent performance in law studies. Public justice, with its interdisciplinary approach, is a good choice for students preparing for law school because it stresses breadth of knowledge and intellectual flexibility. 

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