Bachelor of Arts in Justice

The Bachelor of Arts in Justice is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for engaged citizenship; scholarship; justice careers in private and public organizations; and advanced studies in criminology, law, criminal justice, social research, and public administration. Those graduates with records of high achievement in the justice undergraduate program are prepared to pursue advanced education in graduate, law and professional degree programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage and other universities. Graduates who receive a BA in Justice have the specialized knowledge and skills required for the evaluation, administration and improvement of police, court, and correctional policies and organizations.

Admission Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Major Requirements

JUST A110Introduction to Justice3
JUST A200Introduction to Research Methods in Justice3
JUST A201Justice Data Analysis3
JUST/SOC A251Crime and Delinquency3
JUST A315Development of Law3
JUST A330Justice and Society3
JUST A360Justice Theory and Policy Analysis3
Select two of the following:6
Police and Society
The Courts
Contemporary Corrections
Complete 18 credits of Justice or Legal Studies electives; 12 credits must be upper-division *18

Legal Studies (LEGL) courses fulfill the Justice elective requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Justice except where the student has elected a Legal Studies minor or major. Legal Studies courses cannot be used (counted twice) to meet both the requirements of the Legal Studies minor or major and the BA in Justice. Only 6 credits of JUST A490 may be counted toward the Justice electives required for the BA in Justice.

All Justice majors must take the Justice Exit Examination. There is no minimum score required for graduation.

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree, of which 42 credits must be upper-division.

Honors in Justice

The Justice Center awards departmental honors for outstanding achievement in the study of Justice. Students majoring in Justice are eligible to graduate with Justice honors upon satisfactory completion of all of the following requirements:

  1. Meet the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Justice.
  2. Earn a 3.20 or above cumulative GPA, and a 3.50 or above Justice major GPA.
  3. Complete a Justice GER integrated capstone, e.g. JUST A460 or JUST A463, with a grade of A.
  4. Notify the Justice undergraduate program coordinator, in writing, of the intent to graduate with Justice honors at the time of or before submittal of an Application for Graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice will be able to:

  • Explain the essential principles of justice research and evaluate the results of social science research.
  • Assess and critique the different theoretical perspectives in criminology.
  • Evaluate the historical and contemporary philosophies of justice.
  • Describe processes of justice policy development and the requirements of evidence-based policy making.
  • Synthesize the history and development of the institutions of government forming the sources of American law and the social, economic and cultural forces that influence the development of law.