Criminal justice and restorative justice (CJRJ)

Students will develop an understanding of criminal justice history and practices, with a focus on social theories of crime, criminalization, and society. Restorative and transformative approaches to justice are an integral part of the program.

Major in criminal justice and restorative justice

47-49 credit hours

  • CJRJ 100, Intro to the Criminal Justice System3
  • CJRJ 200, Sociology of Crime and Deviance3
  • CJRJ 210, Victimology3
  • CJRJ 310, Current Issues in Criminal Justice3
  • PHIL 203, Living Ethically3
  • PJCS 347, Restorative Justice3
  • SOC 200, Principles of Sociology3
  • SOC 391, Research Methods3
  • CJRJ 311, Junior Seminar3
  • CJRJ 409, Internship2-4
  • CJRJ 411, Senior Seminar3
  • Choose four courses from the list below12
    • ECON 203, Principles of Microeconomics
    • HIST 335, History of Ethnic Conflict
    • PJCS 201, Violence and Nonviolence
    • PJCS 370, Personal Violence and Healing
    • PJCS 220, Inside Out (requires permission)
    • PJCS 350, Dynamics/Theology of Reconciliation
    • REL 316, Liberation Theologies
    • SOC 334, Race, Class, and Ethnic Relations (prerequisite SOC 200 or consent of instructor)
    • PoSc 305, US Constitutional Law
    • SoWk 221, Human Behavior
    • SoWk 345, Women’s Concerns
    • PSYC 200, Social Psychology
  • Choose one course from the list below3
    • PoSc 200, Introduction to Political Science
    • PoSc 210, Introduction to Public Policy
    • SoWk 322, Social Welfare & Policy (prerequisite SoWk 221)

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates in criminal justice and restorative justice will:

  1. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of conflict and violence, deviance and crime. 
  2. Identify the institutions that comprise Criminal Justice systems and how they relate to one another.
  3. Engage with local levels of justice system through class trips and internships.
  4. Create and implement restorative responses to addressing social injustices and social harms in our communities.
  5. Articulate the origins of criminal behavior, society’s response to crime, and the consequences of crime to our society, utilizing multiple perspectives.
  6. Demonstrate sufficient critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values when interacting with diverse groups.
  7. Apply theoretical frameworks to understanding the causes and prevention of crime, the processes of criminalization, and crime enforcement.
  8. Utilize qualitative and quantitative research methods to collect and analyze data.
  9. Demonstrate writing proficiency.
  10. Demonstrate effective oral communications skills.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
SST language
Intro to the Criminal Justice System
Academic Voice
Second year Goshen Core
GC Seminar
Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Economics or Political Science course
Third year Goshen Core
Violence and Nonviolence
Restorative Justice
Junior Seminar
Additional courses required for CJRJ major
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Remaining courses required for CJRJ major
Senior Seminar

Planning and advising notes

Students should work with their academic advisor to select classes designed to help them apply their CJRJ major after graduation, depending upon their career aspirations.