Justice Studies

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


In the justice studies program, we break down justice into its ethical, social, and political components to analyze their significance and evaluate their consequences. Our program encourages you to pay attention to justice in relation to your particular areas of interest—to forge an independent path of study towards a meaningful career. Throughout our program, you will explore intersections beyond the conventional study of crime, such as gender, ability, race, class, and citizenship status.

Who It's For

Justice studies appeals to students who want a curriculum that cultivates self-awareness and analytical skills. Entering the competitive field of law and justice requires students to have a solid foundation in cultural and legal subject matters. If you want an interdisciplinary approach to justice, we have the program for you.

Key Benefits

  • Our program values the complex nature of knowledge related to social justice and ethics.
  • We stress the importance of the interpretation of existing bodies of knowledge and their corresponding research methods.
  • Our small class sizes will give you space for the discussion-based education you need.
  • Justice studies faculty members come from a variety of specialties, providing multiple approaches to questions prominent in the field.

About the Program

Our program’s holistic approach helps students understand why institutions may not behave a certain way. Students are encouraged to take interdisciplinary coursework that exposes them to different ways of thinking about the nature of justice. We also offer an academic minor that will enable you to view justice through broad lenses.

What You'll Learn

  • Conduct independent research and experiential learning activities.
  • Communicate your ideas through writing and oral presentations by critically analyzing information.
  • Demonstrate a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of social justice and ethics through an examination of diverse theoretical perspectives and texts.
  • Critically engage with current justice studies literature while comprehending the methods of inquiry and research techniques used.

Plan of Study


Sample Courses

Law and Society

Through this course, you will explore the relationship between the legal system, law, and current controversial issues regarding race, ethnicity, class, and gender. You will learn how to analyze contemporary American legal issues using the theories of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber.

Economic Justice

Economic injustice stems from the scarcity of resources. How should we, as a society, allocate resources to achieve both fairness and efficiency? This question is connected to religion, class, gender, poverty, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more. Join us to analyze the concept of justice through economies’ points of view.

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Career Opportunities

Westminster’s justice studies major is intended for students planning to attend graduate school or careers in community service. Our students are prepared to succeed in law, social justice, public administration, environmental protection, and urban affairs.

Potential Careers

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

Student Success

Given the rigorous nature of our program, justice studies prepares students for a successful, post-collegiate career. Our students have been admitted to the following graduate and professional programs over the past few years:

  • Arizona State University
  • Brock University (Canada)
  • Michigan State University
  • Pacific University
  • University of Utah

Other Justice Studies Programs

We also offer an academic minor in Justice Studies.

Learn More About the Justice Studies Program

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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)


You’ll be Automatically Considered for Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

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

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