Justice Studies

Bachelor of Science
School of Arts and Sciences
Four-Year Degree


The Westminster Justice Studies treat justice as a broad category of ethical, social, institutional and political dimensions. By giving a particular attention to justice in relation to diversity and sustainability, this program is addressed through multiple form of interdisciplinary and critical analysis.

We go beyond conventional studies of crime and justice, we analyze the intersection identities and power structures concerning gender, sexuality, ability, race, ethnicity, class, socioeconomic states, and citizenship status. Westminster prepares students for careers in various fields related to law.

Who It's For

Justice Studies is interdisciplinary, diverse and pluralistic. Today, the socially contested and competitive environment in which law and justice operate requires that people entering the arena possess a solid foundation in the cultural, ethical, historical, legal, social and political aspects of Justice Studies as well as critical, analytical, and communication skills.

Key Benefits

Trough this program, students will:
  • Exercise personal responsibility, accountability, and decision-making in the conduct of independent research and experiential learning activities such as service learning and internships.
  • Communicate ideas, issues, and conclusions through high quality writing and oral presentations that effectively develop critical analysis arguments.
  • Demonstrate a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of social justice and ethics through an examination of diverse theoretical perspectives and texts.
  • Apply and critically engage with an existing body of knowledge in their examinations of new questions, problems, and issues.
  • Comprehend and critically analyze how methods of inquiry and research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge in social justice and ethics studies.
  • Appreciate the complexity and inter-disciplinary nature of knowledge related to social justice and ethics, and recognize the potential contributions of the other's interpretations and methods.

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Career Opportunities

Potential Careers

  • Public policy analysis
  • International development
  • Media
  • Literacy
  • Migration
  • Health
  • Community organization
  • Violence prevention.

In addition, the Justice Studies major is intended for students planning graduate study or careers in public and community service, including law, social justice, public administration, environmental protection, and urban affairs.

Student Success

Since the restructuring of the Justice Studies program in 2010, about half of our graduates have used the program as a springboard for further studies in law or graduate school. Given the rigorous nature of our program, the Justice Studies program helps students prepare to be successful in a wide variety of post-collegiate careers.

As a result of the advantages and opportunities offered, Westminster College Justice Studies students have been admitted to the following graduate and professional programs, among others, over the past few years:
  • University of Utah
  • University of Iowa
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Oregon
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Virginia
  • Gonzaga University
  • Creighton University
  • Pacific University
  • University of Alaska
  • Michigan State University
  • Brock University (Canada)
  • University of Wyoming
  • Chapman University
  • Indiana University
  • University of Minnesota

Other Justice Studies Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Justice Studies.

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Tuition and Aid

There's No Better Investment Than You

We know you want an education where you matter—a place that will serve as a launchpad for a successful career and a meaningful life. We’ll work with you individually through every step of the financial aid process. From scholarships to grants and loans, we help you make it happen.

With the highest percentage of students who complete one or more internships in the state, our students hit the ground running with real-world experience. Plus, 90% of our students were either employed or attending graduate school within 5 months of graduating. With a Westminster degree, you don't have to choose between a successful career and a fulfilling life.

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$14,042 ($7,021 per semester)

Cost Breakdown (2018–2019)

  • Tuition: $34,000
  • Room: $5,526
  • Board: $3,164

Financial Aid

Average Total Financial Aid

$27,834 (merit scholarship, work-study, grants and loan funds)


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In addition to general merit scholarships, we have other scholarship programs to support you throughout your time at Westminster.

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