Designed to align with UMA’s Justice Studies programs, this Early College pathway offers high school students the opportunity to complete both core and general education requirement courses while getting a preview of the different avenues available for students who are thinking about a career in the fields of Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Community Policing, Forensics, Fraud Examination, Information Security, Advocacy, and more. The field of Justice Studies is diverse and encompasses investigation theory, legal analysis, interpretation of laws and statutes, comparison of international and regional justice systems, the study of contemporary social issues, and problem-solving. Coursework in the Foundations of Criminal Justice begins the journey of understanding our justice and legal systems in the United States. UMA faculty will lead the learner toward the critical courses that reside at the core of our democracy. UMA’s Justice Studies program has many related Certificates that span a variety of subjects and can be earned concurrently with your degree or on their own. 

  • JUS 103 Foundations of Criminal Justice (X credits)
  • ENG 101 College Writing (X credits)
  • JUS 121 Criminal Law (X credits)
  • JUS 271W Due Process (X credits)

Additional Courses

  • JUS 105 Legal Research (X credits)
  • JUS 160 Intro to Forensic Science (X credits)
  • JUS 200 Principles of Investigation (X credits)
  • JUS 250 Consumer Fraud and White Collar Crime (X credits)
  • JUS 281 Litigation (X credits)
  • JUS 302 Juvenile Justice (X credits)
  • JUS 391 Mediation (X credits)

Related Majors and Certificates at UMA

  • Associate of Science in Justice Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies
    • Pre-Law Concentration
    • Criminal Justice Concentration
    • General Concentration
  • Fast Track Path to Law School at Maine Law
    • 3+3: Bachelor’s Degree and JD Degree
  • Community Policing Certificate
  • Forensic Science Certificate

Related Careers

  • Lawyer
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Service
  • Youth Correctional Counselor
  • Private Investigator
  • Paralegal
  • Criminal Profiler
  • Community Advocate