2017-2018 Academic Bulletin 
    Jun 23, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community and Justice Studies Major

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Because this program is interdivisional, students who major in Community Justice Studies may complete any minor to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions. (Note, however, that Community and Justice Studies majors may not also minor in Values, Ethics, and Social Action).

The Community and Justice Studies major requires a minimum of 44 semester credit hours. No courses for the major may be taken on a Credit/No Credit basis except for internships that are required to be taken CR/NC. Courses with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk (*).


Take courses totaling 24 credits across the following themes. Take one course (4 credits) each from sections a, b, and c, and three courses (12 credits) from section d. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the program director.

A. Ethics:

Take one of the following (4 credits):

D. COMJ Theme electives:

Take three courses (12 credits) within a self-described theme area to be determined with the advisor. Two of these must be at the 300 or 400 level. Students select 3 courses to tie together a theme of interest to the student in order to develop a deeper understanding of a particular idea, issue, or concept. Possible examples include Community Change and Activism, Public Policy, or Neoliberalism.

Civic Participation requirement:

Students are expected to commit to a sustained community engagement position for one year (e.g. Bonner, Davies, Allegheny Volunteer Service Leader, or other varieties of civically engaged internships or experiences). Students should complete this requirement during their Sophomore or Junior year because they will be asked to engage in reflection on this position within COMJ 460 - Community Organizing and Civic Professionalism .

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