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Justice B.A.

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    Justice B.A.

    Prepare for a career promoting a safe, healthy and just society. The Bachelor of Arts in justice at UAA provides a clear pathway to graduate study, law school, criminal justice jobs and lifelong engaged citizenship.

Explore the justice bachelor’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Leading statewide efforts in criminal justice and criminology education, research and service, the UAA Justice Center is a top choice among criminal justice schools in Alaska and the U.S.

Justice scholarships and financial aid
Apply for the Anchorage Police Citizen Academy Alumni Association Scholarship, and learn about other scholarship opportunities at UAA.

Community campuses and online classes in justice
Take courses for credit toward your degree at several locations across Alaska, including UAA’s Anchorage campus and several community campuses. You can also take online courses on a flexible schedule without commuting to campus. The same faculty who teach in person also teach online, providing a rigorous, Alaska-based education no matter how the courses are delivered.

Justice academic support and resources
Program faculty and staff are here to help you maximize the value of your undergraduate degree. Get guidance on everything from developing an academic plan and selecting courses to career mentoring and applying to graduate and law schools.

Honors in Justice
Earn departmental honors for outstanding academic achievements. To qualify, maintain a 3.5 justice major GPA and 3.2 overall GPA, as well as an A in an integrated justice capstone course.

Justice student clubs and activities
Among UAA’s 100 student clubs on campus, you may be especially interested in joining these groups:

Justice B.A.

Degree Type:

  • Baccalaureate

Program Length: Four Years

Availability:Online, Anchorage campus

Other program options: Minor in Justice

Did you know..

Justice faculty have earned their doctoral degrees from top-ranked universities across the country. They are recognized as experts in their specialized areas of teaching and research.

What can you do with a Justice B.A. degree from UAA?

With an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in justice from UAA, you will be well-prepared for a variety of careers providing direct service, service support or organizational leadership to public, private and government organizations.

Justice graduate programs
Continue your studies in criminology and criminal justice graduate schools, as well as graduate schools with related programs such as these:

  • Master of Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law

Justice and criminal justice degree jobs
You can work in a variety of job roles, from police officers and detectives to probation officers and correctional treatment specialists. These are just some of the employers that have hired UAA justice alumni:

  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • U.S. Courts
  • U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Alaska Native Justice Center
  • State of Alaska, departments of public safety, corrections and law
  • Alaska State Troopers
  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
  • Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Palmer, Wasilla and other local police departments
  • Alaska Court System

By the numbers..

Median hourly wage for police officers in Alaska
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Median hourly wage for crime analysts in Alaska
Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Justice B.A. degree program highlights

With an emphasis on criminal/juvenile justice and social science research, the interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in justice at UAA offers a variety of opportunities and resources to enhance your education.

  • Engage in real-world research as an undergraduate student. In the UAA Justice Center, you can study diverse topics in crime, law and justice, particularly related to urban and rural Alaska. Faculty enhance the program curriculum with their translational research — applying findings from basic science to conduct applied research in criminology, criminal/juvenile justice policy, human health and well-being.
  • Learn from faculty who are at the cutting-edge of research methods and analytics. Their research and teaching topics include victimology, criminal justice decision making, sentencing, corrections, juvenile justice, policing and situational crime prevention. They have all earned doctoral degrees in specialties ranging from criminology and criminal justice to sociology and related social science disciplines.
  • Experience day-to-day operations, job responsibilities and organizational culture by interning with a justice agency. Internships will help you connect with professionals in the field, which could lead to career opportunities after you earn your bachelor’s degree.

Amazing stories from our majors

“I became a highly competitive grad school applicant thanks to the Justice Center’s undergraduate research opportunities. I arrived in graduate school having worked on several research projects. These experiences did more than help me in graduate school; they also allowed me to network with professionals and develop skills that are highly sought after among criminal justice practitioners.”

Daniel Reinhard
B.A. Justice ‘15
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The Society of Law and Justice and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society provide networking opportunities and give you a chance to explore career options.

Organizations for Justice Students
A UAA branded data dashboard

Providing data and research on a variety of topics, the Alaska Justice Information Center works to reduce recidivism, improve public safety and increase accountability of the criminal justice system.

Alaska Justice Information Center
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Explore recent research by UAA faculty, staff and students. Archived works are available in UAA’s institutional repository, Scholarworks@UA.

UAA Justice Center Publications and Media

Bachelor’s degree in justice program curriculum

Current, comprehensive and rigorous, UAA’s Justice B.A. curriculum provides a solid foundation in the principles of criminal/juvenile justice and social science research, theories in criminology and criminal justice and evidence-based policy-making.

Learn and apply classroom, research and internship experience to develop specialized knowledge and skills in the evaluation, administration and improvement of policies and organizations, including police, court and correctional systems.

Top classes for bachelor’s degree in justice majors

  • Learn how police agencies interact with the public in Police-Community Relations.
  • Create crime maps and solve problems in Crime Analysis and Mapping.
  • Learn the challenges unique to rural towns and villages in Rural Justice.
  • Explore how drugs and alcohol interact with criminal decision-making and the response to crime in Substance Use and Crime.
  • See how modern and classic films portray crime and justice in Cinematic Images of Justice.
  • Explore social, economic and cultural influences of policy-making in Justice and Society and Justice Theory and Policy Analysis.