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    Justice Program

    Start your career in justice now

  • Start your career in justice now

    Justice Program

    Start your career in justice now

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.

Bachelor’s

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.
(3+0).


JUST F125 Introduction to Addictive Processes

Focus on gaining knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of addiction. Historic and behavioral approaches,
disease concept and current trends relating to addiction presented. Twelve step and self-help approaches
explored.
(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.
(3+0).


JUST F310 Principles of Corrections (Elective)

An introduction to adult institutions, community- based programs, and theories of incarceration.
Correctional programs are examined. Prerequisites: JUST F110 and junior standing.
(3+0).


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 (Elective)

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.)
(3+0)


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.
(3+0).


JUST F345W Police Problems (Elective)

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.
(3+0).


JUST F352 Criminal Law (Elective)

A study of elements, purposes and functions of the substantive criminal law with emphasis upon historical and philosophical concepts. Prerequisites: JUST F110; junior standing.
(3+0).


JUST F354 Procedural Law (Elective)

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 of Evidence.
Prerequisites: ENGL F111X; JUST F110; junior standing.
(3+0).


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.
(3+0).


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. 251 or
permission of instructor.
(3+0)


JUST F454 Advanced Problems in Procedural
Law

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.
(3+0)


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.


 

JUST F492 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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F610 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Management

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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F615 Justice Program Planning/
Evaluation and Grant Writing

Program planning and evaluation. Includes grant proposal writing with emphasis on federal
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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F620 Personnel Management in Criminal
Justice

Foundation for effective management of personnel in criminal justice by supervisors. Includes
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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F625 Legal Aspect of Criminal Justice
Management

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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F630 Media Relations and Public
Relations

Understanding the role of the media in modern society and how to effectively represent an
organization to the media. Includes First Amendment and Freedom of Information Act case
law and administrative decisions involving the broadcast media. The primary focus is upon
preparing justice administrators to effectively meet their legal obligations with regard to
dissemination of information to the media and the public. 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 .
(3+0+6)


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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F670 Seminar in the Administration of
Juvenile Justice

Legal and administrative aspects of the juvenile justice system. Emphasis will be placed on
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.
(3+0+6)


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 UAF
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 .
(3+0+6)


JUST F698/699: Research/ Project or Thesis



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