College of Liberal Arts
Justice Program

BA Degree; MinorS

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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 credits

The justice discipline represents a melding of theoretical and applied concepts, and both the BA degree in justice and the MA degree in administration of justice reflect that dichotomy. Consequently, students explore theoretical models associated with different aspects of the criminal justice system, and also study its structure and administration. Available course work includes classes in alternative dispute resolution, through which students learn about alternatives to traditional criminal justice such as mediation and arbitration (a minor in alternative dispute resolution is available).

The applied nature of the degree results in graduates with a BA in justice who can compete for positions in various justice employment fields. Justice juniors and seniors also enjoy opportunities for internships with various justice agencies.

Justice courses are available online and in the classroom.

The minor in dispute resolution gives students a theoretical background for and practice of alternative dispute resolution. The curriculum supports the developing restorative justice emphasis of the BA of justice, and is applicable to business administration, social work, psychology and counseling contexts.

Major -- BA Degree

  1. Complete the general university requirements, including 2 W and 1 O class and 39 upper-division credits.
  2. Complete the BA degree requirements.
  3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
    JUST F110--Introduction to Justice--3 credits
    JUST F125--Introduction to Addictive Processes--3 credits
    JUST F201--Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices--3 credits
    JUST F222--Research Methods--3 credits
    JUST F251--Criminology--3 credits
    JUST F300X--Ethics and Justice**--3 credits
    JUST F340--Rural Justice in Alaska--3 credits
    JUST F358--Juvenile Delinquency--3 credits
  4. Complete 18 credits of justice electives*
  5. Minimum credits required--120 credits

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

** If taken to meet the upper-division baccalaureate core requirement for ethics/values and choices in the Perspectives on the Human Condition, then the student must take an additional upper-division justice elective for 3 credits to complete the major.



  1. Complete the following:
    JUST F110--Introduction to Justice--3 credits
    JUST electives--12 credits
  2. Minimum credits required--15 credits

Alternative Dispute Resolution

  1. Complete the following:*
    JUST F201--Dispute Resolution and Restorative Practices--3 credits
    JUST F302--Dispute Systems --3 credits
    JUST F403--Law and Science of Arbitration--3 credits
    JUST F405--Clinic in Mediation, Conferencing and Circle Practices--3 credits
  2. Complete one of the following:*
    JUST F315--Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation--3 credits**
    JUST F401--Cross Cultural Conflict Analysis and Intervention--3 credits
  3. Minimum credits required--15 credits

Note: 400-level courses require junior standing or instructor permission

* Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

** JUST F315 requires JUST F310 as a prerequisite. For nonjustice majors, taking JUST F401 avoids this extra course.