Advising Handbook 2023-2024 
    
    Jul 21, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community and Justice Studies (First Year and Transfer)


Community and Justice Studies
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies
Programs: Major and Minor

If a student expresses an interest in social justice, community service, activism, civic engagement,  please bring the COMJ Program to their attention.

COMJ MAJOR NOTES 

  • 44 credits are required to complete the Major.
  • The following courses are required for the Major:
    • COMJ 160 Foundations of Community and Justice Studies (4 credits)
    • COMJ 280: Power, Society and Social Change (4 credits) (usually offered Fall Semester only)
    • COMJ 460: Community Organizing and Civic Professionalism (4 credits)(usually offered Spring Semester only)
    • COMJ 560: COMJ Junior Seminar (4 credits)(usually offered Spring Semester only)
    • COMJ 620: COMJ Senior Comprehensive Project (4 credits)
  • In addition to the core COMJ courses above, students must take one in each of the following categories:
    • Ethics  (4 credits)
    • Place: a course grounded in our community (4 credits)
    • Political Participation and Democracy (4 credits)
  • Finally, COMJ students take 3 courses within a self-designed theme. (12 credits)
  • Academic Advisor: Students shold visit the COMJ website and request a meeting with a faculty member in COMJ. They can ask that faculty member if they would be able and willing to serve as their advisor.
  • Junior Seminar: Students should plan to take their Junior Seminar in the Spring of their junior year. Students may register for an open section.
  • Senior Comp: COMJ’s Senior Comp is a one semester comp that can be taken in either the Fall or Spring of the senior year.

Suggested Schedule for COMJ Majors (for specific courses required for the Major, please see the Academic Bulletin):

  1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring)
First Year 

FS 101
COMJ 160 or
Political Participation and Democracy elective (COMM 145 is a good one) or
Ethics elective (PHIL 140 is a good one)

 

FS 102
COMJ 160 or
Political Participation and Democracy elective (COMM145 is a good one) or
Ethics elective (PHIL 140 is a good one)

 

 

Sophomore

COMJ 280
Continue working on electives

COMJ 460
Continue working on Electives
Identify COMJ theme

Junior

COMJ 280
Theme coursework
Finish electives

COMJ 460
COMJ 560
Theme coursework
Finish Electives

Senior

COMJ 620
Complete Theme coursework

COMJ 620

 

COMJ MINOR NOTES 

24 credits are required to complete the Minor. The following courses are required for the Minor:

  • COMJ 160 Foundations of Community and Justice Studies (4 credits)
  • COMJ 280: Power, Society and Social Change (4 credits) (usually offered Fall Semester only)
  • COMJ 460: Community Organizing and Civic Professionalism (4 credits)(usually offered Spring Semester only)
  • COMJ Theme: Students take three courses (12 credits) in a self-designed theme; one of these courses should be a COMJ elective (e.g., COMJ 350 Black Meadville; COMJ 310 Multicultural Education) 

Suggested Schedule for COMJ Minor (for specific courses required for the Minor, please see the Academic Bulletin):

  1st Semester (Fall) 2nd Semester (Spring)
First Year

FS 101
COMJ 160

FS 102
COMJ 160

Sophomore

COMJ 280

COMJ 460

Junior

COMJ 280
Theme coursework

COMJ 460
Theme coursework

Senior Complete theme coursework

COMJ 460
Complete theme coursework

 

Information for Transfer Students


COMJ major in 3 years

  • Ideally, a transfer student considering a COMJ major with one year of experience elsewhere will be able to transfer in courses that count for the Political Participation elective and/or the Ethics Requirement.

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Second Year
  • COMJ 160
  • COMJ 160 (if not already taken)
  • Work on Political Participation, Ethics, and/or Place requirements
  • Work with advisor to identify COMJ theme courses
  • Work with advisor to identify service/organizing experience
Third Year
  • COMJ 270
  • Work on theme courses
  • Work on/finish Political Participation, Ethics, and Place requirements
  • COMJ 560, Junior Seminar
  • COMJ 460, Community Organizing
  • Work on theme courses
  • Finish Political Participation, Ethics, and Place requirements
Fourth Year
  • COMJ 620
  • Continue working on/finish theme courses
  • COMJ 620 (if not already taken)
  • Continue working on/finish theme courses