Areas of Emphasis

Democracy and Justice Studies students select from one of five emphases options. When selecting an emphasis students are encouraged to consult with the DJS advisor and to examine their own career goals. Each emphasis has its own supporting and upper level courses.
  • American Studies addresses historical and contemporary political problems, public issues, social criticism and strategies for change in the United States.
  • Criminal Justice considers the development of the institutions, ideas and processes of the criminal justice system, including questions of freedom, social control, punishment and inequality.
  • Legal Studies examines law and legal systems past and present, both in the United States and around the world, and their relationship to justice and democracy.
  • U.S. and the World focuses on the influence of the United States and essential American ideals, including democracy, equality, and social justice, abroad.
  • Women's and Gender Studies explores historical and contemporary perspectives on women and gender, emphasizing the ways varied and changing gender roles affect economic and social opportunity. 
  • Students with defined interests may create their own 12 credit individual emphasis in consultation with the DJS advisor.