Overview of Courses
Our goal is to prepare students in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest for careers in the criminal justice field whether you are interested in law enforcement, adjudication, corrections or parole. The program and course of study is available to students totally on-line, or through traditional classroom instruction.
The B.A. degree in Justice (as well as the M.A. degree in Administration of Justice) melds theoretical and applied concepts. As a result, students explore theoretical models associated with different aspects of the criminal justice system and also study the structure and administration of the criminal justice system.
The applied nature of the discipline results in graduates with a B.A. degree in Justice being able to favorably compete for professional positions within various justice employment fields. The UAF Justice program is also well-known for its partnerships with various justice agencies which provide opportunities for credit-bearing internships for outstanding Justice juniors and seniors. Many of our internship students have been offered employment immediately after graduation!
Classes are available entirely online, in the classroom or using a combination of both delivery methods.
120 credits required for BA; 15 credits required for a minor.
Master’s in Administration of Justice
The UAF Justice Department offers a course of study leading to a Master's Degree in Administration of Justice. Our courses are focused narrowly on those areas we have determined to be critical for the modern administrator. The degree enhances the management skills of current and/or future managers and administrators in Justice agencies. Each course in the degree is provided entirely over the Internet. All needed material will be provided online with the exception of the required texts.
One week on the UAF campus is required after the student has completed the necessary online course work and is ready to present their Master’s project. At this time, the student will participate in an intensive workshop lead by Justice graduate faculty in addition to completion of a comprehensive exam. Of primary importance is the opportunity to engage with fellow Justice students regarding issues pertinent to various aspects of the criminal justice system. The program is designed to allow a student to complete the degree in two to three years.
The program requires a minimum of 30 credits, including a 6 credit Master's Project or Thesis.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
JUST F110 Introduction to Justice
Survey of the structure and process of the agencies of criminal justice. Includes
introduction to criminology, criminal law, police, courts and corrections. Also available
via Independent Learning.
JUST F125 Introduction to Addictive Processes
Focus on gaining knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of addiction. Historic and
disease concept and current trends relating to addiction presented. Twelve step and self-help approaches
(Cross-listed with HUMS F125.) (3+0).
JUST F222 Research Methods
Application of social science research methods to solving scientific and nonscientific questions arising in justice or political science. Basic methods include statistical analysis, survey research, and Internet applications. (Prerequisite JUST 110.)
JUST F300X Ethics and Justice
An examination of ethical and moral concepts, and their relationship to criminal justice
issues. Applies ethics theories to the criminal justice institutions of police, courts
and corrections. Examines ethical and moral dilemmas which confront crime control
policy makers. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing.
JUST F310 Principles of Corrections
An introduction to adult institutions, community- based programs, and theories of
Correctional programs are examined. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing.
JUST F315 Correctional Counseling and Rehabilitation
A study of various treatment and rehabilitative/restorative methods utilized in correctional settings.
Topics include the roles of correctional personnel, the assessment and treatment of
juveniles and adults, casework in correctional settings, crisis intervention and the
assessment and treatment of special populations in the correctional setting. Prerequisites:
Junior standing: Just 310 Eng. 211x or 231x or permission of instructor
(3 + 0)
JUST F335W Gender and Crime
An exploration of gender and crime including the extent of female crime, victimization,
masculinity and violence, and women professionals in the justice system. Prerequisites:
JUST F110; ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or ENGL F213X or permission of instructor; junior
standing. (Cross-listed with WMS F335.)
JUST F340 Rural Justice in Alaska
Application of the western justice system to remote northern Native villages including
issues arising from cultural conflicts, difficulties associated with a centralized
justice system serving distant roadless communities, the federal/Indian relationship,
and a description of crime occurring in the villages.
Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing.
JUST F345W Police Problems
Application of the western justice system to remote northern Native villages including issues arising from cultural conflicts, difficulties associated with a centralized justice system serving distant roadless ;communities, the federal/Indian relationship, and a description of crime occurring in the villages.
Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing.
JUST F352 Criminal Law
A study of elements, purposes and functions of the substantive criminal law with emphasis
upon historical and philosophical concepts. Prerequisites: JUST F110; junior standing.
JUST F354 Procedural Law
Offered Fall. The legal limitations of the police and the right of the people to be
secure from the government under the protections of the Constitution and the Rules
Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; JUST F110; junior standing.
JUST F358 Juvenile Delinquency
Theories of delinquency, the extent of delinquency, the historical development of
juvenile justice, the juvenile system, and how it impacts on youth in relation to
police, courts, institutions and community programs. Includes youth violence, gangs,
gender, race and class. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and JUST F251, or permission of instructor.
JUST F453 Comparative Criminology
The justice program focuses on the American Justice System with an emphasis in restorative
processes, alternative dispute resolution, and Alaska justice. This course focuses
on the development of philosophy and law and the historical and modern practice of
justice throughout the world. Prerequisites: Comm. 131x or Comm. 141x;Just. 110; Just.
permission of instructor.
JUST F454 Advanced Problems in Procedural
Advanced study of the elements of criminal procedural law. Emphasis on the legal limitations
of the police and the right of people to be secure from the government under protections
of the U.S. Constitution and “rules of evidence.” Prerequisites: JUST F110; JUST F354;
ENGL F111X; ENGL F211X or F213X; and junior standing; or permission of instructor.
JUST F475 Internship
Internship provides students with a supervised experience in a criminal justice agency/setting. Placements include, but are not limited to, Law Enforcement, Probation, Law Practices, and Prosecution/Defense agencies. Prerequisites: Justice Major, Junior standing, minimum 3.0 Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) Departmental approval required.
UAF Justice students have participated in Internships through a variety of agencies including, but not limited to, Adult/Juvenile Probation, Fairbanks Police Dept., Alaska State Troopers, District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender Agency, Alaska Court System, offices of private attorney’s, Fairbanks Community Restorative Justice (partnership with Alaska Court System), Alaska Court System, and UAF Office of Students Rights and Responsibilities. Internships offer practical experience, along with career exploration in a professional setting.
JUST F492/F692 Seminar
1 – 6 Credits. Various topics of current interest and importance to the justice major
will be presented. Topics will be announced prior to each offering. Prerequisites:
JUST F110, junior standing, and permission of instructor.
(1 – 6+0)
Master's in Administration of Justice
JUST F605 Administration and Management
of Criminal Justice Organizations
A comprehensive overview of management and administration of criminal justice agencies
with an emphasis on organizational behavior. Included is the study of management theories,
leadership roles, and the development of human resources within the organizational context.
Note: offered only in a web-based format. Prerequisites: Admission to the M.A. degree
program in Justice. Recommended: B.A. or B.S. in relevant area .
JUST F610 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Confronting ethical situations that may arise in the management of criminal justice
organizations. Examination of the ethical and moral foundations of our current criminal
justice system to help make decisions in keeping with the goals of justice.
Note: Offered via the Internet and as demand warrants. Prerequisites: Admission to the M.A. degree
program in Justice. Recommended: B.A. or B.S. in relevant area .
JUST F615 Justice Program Planning/
Evaluation and Grant Writing
Program planning and evaluation. Includes grant proposal writing with emphasis on
sources of grant funding. Note: offered only in a web-based format. Prerequisites: Admission
to M.A. in Justice program. Recommended: B.A. or B.S. in relevant area .
JUST F620 Personnel Management in Criminal
Foundation for effective management of personnel in criminal justice by supervisors.
recruiting, selection, training, on-site supervision, termination and replacement of
subordinates. Note: offered only in a web-based format. Prerequisites: Admission to M.A. in
Justice program. Recommended: B.A. or B.S. degree in relevant area .
JUST F625 Legal Aspect of Criminal Justice
A basic understanding of legal issues faced by criminal justice managers and administrators.
Included is a study of the legal considerations surrounding recruitment and hiring practices,
sexual harassment, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with
Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Note: offered only in a web-based format.
Prerequisites: Admissions to the M.A. in Justice program. Recommended: B.A. or B.S. in
relevant area .
JUST F640 Community/Restorative Justice
Using community resources to address public safety concerns. Includes recent developments
and an emerging awareness that public safety solutions can be achieved efficiently by
cooperative efforts between justice agencies and community resources. Note: offered only in
a web-based format. Prerequisites: Admission to M.A. in Justice program. Recommended:
B.A. or B.S. in relevant area .
JUST F670 Seminar in the Administration of Juvenile Justice
Legal and administrative aspects of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis will be
developing an applied knowledge regarding the administration of juvenile justice within the
legal framework. Includes hypothetical situations in an effort to enhance the ability to apply
theoretical concepts to real life situations. Note: offered only in a web-based format.
Prerequisites: JUST F605; admission to M.A. in Justice program.
JUST F690 Seminar in Critical Issues and Criminal Justice Policy
This seminar will be the only course actually requiring a student to attend on the
Campus. The Seminar will last for one week and the student will be required to attend
sessions 8 hours a day. Topics of current interest. Candidates in standing for the M.A. degree
in Justice will a make presentations. Attendance is required on the UAF campus. Note: offered
only in a web-based format. Prerequisites: Admissions to M.A. in Justice program.
Recommended: B.A. or B.S. in relevant area .