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Democracy & Justice Studies

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 social problems, public issues, social ideas and strategies for change with respect to contemporary American society.
  • U.S. and the World focuses on the influence of the United States and essential American ideals, including democracy, equality, and social justice, abroad.
  • Law and Justice Studies examines law and legal systems, both in the United States and around the world, and their relationship to justice and democracy.
  • Women's and Gender Studies explores historical and contemporary perspectives on women and gender in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Students with defined interests may create their own 12 credit individual emphasis in consultation with the DJS advisor.