Justice and Policy Studies Department

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The Department of Justice and Policy Studies offers a range of study options, including a master’s of science in Criminal Justice, majors in Community and Justice Studies and Criminal Justice and four minors.

The department uses an interdisciplinary approach as it partners with community groups to emphasize understanding public service organizations, problem solving, values in public policies, civic activism and strategies for changing organizations. For example, students in the multi-campus and community course have partnered with the Greensboro Housing Coalition to create a documentary on housing problems and an analysis of the City Condemnation Policy. They students presented their findings at a public gathering that was covered by local media.

Students majoring in Criminal Justice have pursued graduate study and careers in urban affairs, public administration, law, law enforcement, courts, corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice, among others. Graduates in Community and Justice Studies have built careers in nonprofit community service organizations that focus on mediation, conflict transformation, housing and education reform, prison reform and other social concerns. Alums also have pursued careers in social work, public education, law, public policy and higher education.


Majors and Minors

I have seen how many students, especially those of color and women, have been able to create their own space in and around campus.

Reshetta Wells '17
Community and Justice Studies major
  • Criminal Justice Master’s: The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is ideal for criminal justice professionals who are ready to advance their career, as well as undergraduate students who plan to earn an advanced degree. It is the only Criminal Justice graduate program in the Triad.
  • Community and Justice Studies Major: The bachelor of arts in Community and Justice Studies focuses on policies and strategies used by public service and community-based organizations in the context of local, national, and global political and economic contexts. It requires 40 semester hours.
  • Criminal Justice Major: The bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice focuses on policies and the history and problems of the American criminal justice system. It requires 40 semester hours.
  • Community Studies Minor: The Community Studies minor focuses on community building, a field that studies how societal institutions systematically undermine respect and authenticity among a community’s citizens, and strategies for developing trust and power among people to address the issues affecting their lives. It requires 16 semester hours.
  • Criminal Justice Minor: The Criminal Justice minor provides non-majors the opportunity to pursue an interest in criminal justice. It introduces students to the complexity of making legal decisions in a moral context. It requires 16 semester hours.
  • Interpersonal Communications Minor: The Interpersonal Communications minor engages students in the study of intrapersonal and interpersonal communication processes and styles. It requires 16 semester hours.
  • Organizational Communications Minor: The Organizational Communications minor focuses on methods of communication within organizations and how those methods affect the performance and morale of employees, as well as their impact on teamwork. It requires 16 semester hours.

Awards and Scholarships

  • JPS Academic Honors for Community and Justice Studies
  • JPS Academic Honors for Criminal Justice 
  • JPS Community Service Award
  • JPS Barton Parks Community and Justice Award, which “honors a graduating senior with demonstrated extraordinary community service, exemplary leadership and innovation in responding to social justice issues, and an understanding of justice grounded in the perspectives of local communities"

Justice and Policy Studies News and Events

Wiser Justice [Video]

Wiser Justice [Video]

The Wiser Justice program brings Guilford to incarcerated women and men.

Breaking the Cycle

Breaking the Cycle

Wiser Justice program is taking the benefits of college to incarcerated individuals across N.C.

Bonner Center's Work Comes Full Circle

Bonner Center's Work Comes Full Circle

Y'Dem Adrong's journey to graduation started more than 15 years ago.

Community-Focused

Community-Focused

Jennifer Urdaneta ’17, a double major in Criminal Justice and Community and Justice Studies, plans to return home to Oakland, Calif., to work as a police dispatcher.

Love for Campus

Love for Campus

With a vision to help his community, Ayellor Karbah ’17 prepared himself by majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in Community Studies.

Journey to Justice

Journey to Justice

Kahlil Perine '16 is eager to pursue justice for all as he attends UNC Chapel Hill School of Law.

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Aleks Babic

Aleks Babic

Part-Time Lecturer for JPS

Catherine Bonventre

Catherine Bonventre

Assistant Professor of JPS

Brian Burnett

Brian Burnett

Part Time Instructor - CTIS

Krista Craven

Krista Craven

Assistant Professor of Justice and Policy Studies

Love Crossling

Love Crossling

Part-Time Lecturer for JPS

Nathaniel Davis

Nathaniel Davis

Part-Time Lecturer for JPS

Nairobi Ducking

Nairobi Ducking

PT Lecturer JPS

Omari Dyson

Omari Dyson

Visiting Assistant Professor for JPS

Sherry Giles

Sherry Giles

Professor of Justice and Policy Studies

Leslie Heffernan

Leslie Heffernan

Part-time Lecturer of Justice and Policy Studies

James Hinson

James Hinson

Part Time Lecturer for JPS

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Christopher Parrish

Christopher Parrish

Part-time Lecturer of Justice and Policy Studies

Will Pizio

Will Pizio

Professor of Criminal Justice/Graduate Program Director

Monty Walker

Monty Walker

Project Team Leader