The Four Emphases
CRIME & JUSTICE STUDIES: The new Crime & Justice emphasis explores fundamental questions about justice from a humanist, interdisciplinary perspective. Rooted in history, literature and philosophy, the crime and justice emphasis prepares students for basic inquiry and advanced research into issues of justice that lie behind social policy and criminal justice, as well as broader problems of social morality and equity. This degree concentration provides excellent preparation for law school and other professional programs, for graduate school in the humanities, and for careers in law, education, public policy and criminal justice.
HUMANITIES: Traditionally, the humanities include the study of the human condition through such disciplines as literature, philosophy, and religion. In the Integrated Studies program, students develop a rigorous foundation in the Western humanities while also studying the human world through the lens of psychology and Native American Studies.
PSYCHOLOGY: The word “psychology” is from the Greek and means “breath”, “spirit”, and “soul.” The psychology emphasis, in going back to its roots, seeks to understand human behavior through a variety of different (and culturally diverse) ways of knowing, including the study of other disciplines. The program also engages students in modern psychology and its methods.
PUEBLO INDIAN STUDIES: The PIS emphasis is committed to providing the context and critical thinking skills that best protect the integrity of pueblo nations and its peoples. The degree stresses sound academic preparation and encourages students to interact and conduct meaningful research with tribal governments and communities with whom Northern continues to form strong partnerships.