Our restorative criminal justice major integrates the values of Christ with a deeper knowledge of crime and justice. Let us help you gain a hands-on understanding of restorative approaches to due process. You'll analyze social and psychological theories of crime and society with our expert faculty. You'll learn with incarcerated students in classes at the Tennessee Prison for Women as part of our nationally-recognized Lipscomb Initiative for Education (LIFE).
Let us teach you a holistic approach to achieving accountability and healing relationships. Within our restorative criminal justice major, you'll study criminal justice practices rather than law enforcement implementation. You'll plan ways to positively address harm caused by illegal actions. By the time you graduate, you'll be uniquely prepared for your career or graduate work in many options including law, social work and theology.
"Restorative Justice believes in healing relationships. It values people over punishment, reconciliation over revenge, accountability over abandonment. Lipscomb University knows this, and I am grateful for such a unique and essential program." --Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Restorative criminal justice holds that "crime" is a violation of human relationships. It believes that all stakeholders (offender, victims, and community) in the offense should have a voice in the process of making things as right as possible.
Restorative criminal justice does not reject punishment but does embrace a holistic approach to achieving accountability. This interdisciplinary major embraces the holistic approach.
Specific courses required:
- PO 1023 - Liberties, Rights, and the Constitution
- PO 3223 - Research Methods
- PO 3433 - Judicial Process
- PO 4203 - Constitutional Law
- PO 4253 - Restorative Justice
- PO 4513 - Criminal Law and Procedure
- PO 4993 - Capstone Seminar in Political Science
- LJS 3403 - Conflict Management
Collateral Fields (15 hours):
- HI 4203 - History and Politics of Prisons and Punishment
- HI 4213 - History and Politics of Reconciliation
- PL 3433 - Ethical Theory
- PO 400V - Internship in Political Science
- LJS 3103 - Dispute Resolution
- LJS 4403 - Mediation: Process, Skills and Theory
- PS 3413 - Social Psychology
- SO 3023 - Criminology
- SW 3333 - Juvenile Justice