If you’re interested in law enforcement, detection and forensics, investigate our Justice Studies Program. Courses in computer science, investigations, and the social sciences will give you the broad background you’ll need, while an internship and electives in family violence, juvenile justice, and advocacy will allow you to specialize in the field that interests you most.
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science & Associate of Science
Available on the Augusta & Bangor campuses and online
Offering the Bachelor of Science and the Associate of Science, UMA’s Justice Studies program prepares students for expanding opportunities in law enforcement–federal, state and municipal, in law-related paralegal positions, both public and private, probation–state and federal, risk management and forensics. Program majors graduate with the advanced credentials employers in law-related fields increasingly prefer. Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in law school and graduate school.
The program offers a Justice Studies Minor, an ideal vehicle for non-majors interested in law or graduate school, and a Advocacy Minor to prepare students to advocate in administrative, legislative and public opinion forums. There are five certificates by which majors can obtain a credential in a particular specialty. The three Justice Studies specialties are: Community Policing; Forensics and Paralegal Studies.
In collaboration with the Business Administration Program, there is a minor and certificate in Fraud Examination and Information Systems Security respectfully. These minors prepare students to pursue specialties which are currently in demand by employers. The first, Fraud Examination, prepares the student to sit for the national exam which licenses certified examiners and the second, Information Systems Security, prepares the student to work in the field of cyber-security.
Graduates in both the Bachelor’s and the Associate’s program will be able to:
- Describe the roles and interactions of the legal, judicial, corrections and law enforcement professions in the U.S.
- Recognize the police role in historical perspective and connect criminological theory to past, current and proposed practice.
- Find and identify the elements of any state or federal crime, using appropriate technology.
Students in the Bachelor’s program additionally will be able to:
- use critical thinking skills to illustrate how the Due Process Clause of the 14 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution restricts state criminal law and police procedure in past decisions and apply those decisions to future hypothetical cases.
- compare the values in the criminal process of an international body, e.g. the International Criminal Court, or a foreign country to the United States’ criminal justice values and assess the consequences of these differences.
- complete an internship and senior capstone project.
The diverse Justice Studies field encompasses investigation theory, analysis, interpretation of laws and statutes, and the study of contemporary social issues. Education in problem-solving and systematic analysis prepares the student for many different types of public and private work.
A sampling of representative skills and abilities follows:
Research & Analysis:
Statutory and case law
Developing detailed analysis
for projects & programs
Developing public policy
Listening to clients and witnesses
The following list of jobs our graduates have held, offers a sampling of the diverse career possibilities for UMA Justice Studies graduates:
Municipal Police Chief, Colonel of State Police, Federal Marshal, Director of Maine DEA and Director of the Maine Gaming Board
Corrections Manager/Prison Warden
Law enforcement officer
Criminal justice educator**
Drug abuse prevention coordinator
Victim’s advocate/Victim witness officer
Federal Law Enforcement:
FBI Special Agent
IRS Special Agent
Border Patrol Officer
** Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.