Undergraduate Department of Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy

The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2014-15 academic year.

William Rodriquez, Chair and Assistant Professor

Ann Tobey, Associate Professor

AVAILABLE PROGRAMS OF STUDY:

B.S., Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy

BSW, Dual Major Social Work and Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy

Minor, Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy

B.S./ Juvenile Justice And Youth Advocacy/54 Credits

The major in Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy prepares students to become leaders and professionals ready to work with and/or for youth in a wide range of settings. Students gain a thorough understanding of the conditions and circumstances that place youth at risk as well as those that help youth thrive. Our students are interested in working to help young people through jobs in fields such as: Law, policy, politics, education, after-school time, recreation and sports, prevention, and corrections. Courses cover topics such as: What causes delinquency and how can it be prevented; Courts, legal procedure, laws, community safety and the juvenile justice system; Justice, fairness, and policy in our society; and Advocacy for youth and families in a variety of circumstances and settings. We explore current issues from multiple perspectives and the positive youth development approach forms a foundation for practice and skills development in youth work. Students in the major have numerous opportunities to learn through practical community based experiences, allowing them to integrate theory with practice and to develop marketable skills and a pathway into a career.

Students will:

  • Develop the knowledge of positive youth development models and philosophies.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical root causes of delinquency,
  • Learn the inner workings of the juvenile justice system and how the system was created to protect the best interest of the child
  • Develop a better understanding of the principles behind youth activism and youth advocacy.
  • Develop critical thinking skills that will help them raise vital questions and problems and be prepared to challenge the juvenile justice systems notions of equity and justice once they are in the field as practitioners.
  • Develop and learn to advocate effectively for court-involved youth and families as a future case worker, social worker, youth advocate, lawyer, legislator and/or policy-maker.
  • Develop the necessary skills and career pathways that will help them seek and achieve their goals to work in the juvenile justice system.

Course Requirements*
Support Courses 12 credits
MAT 120 Quantitative Reasoning/4 cr
MAT 170 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences/4 cr or
MAT 255 Probability and Statistics/4 cr
HDP 366 Adolescent Development/4 cr
Choose one: 4 credits
HDS 106 Sociology of Minority Groups/4cr
SWK 227 Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege/4 cr
Choose one: 4 credits
HDP 264 Research Methods/4 cr
SWK 268 Social Research/4 cr
JJYA Professional Core Courses 28 credits
JJA 201 Intro. to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency/4 cr
JJA 301 Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Law/4 credits
JJA 302 Delinquency: Causes, Prevention &Intervention/4 credits
JJA 380 Youth Work and Youth Advocacy/4 credits
JJP 401 Practicum in JJYA/4 credits
JJA 404 Field Seminar in JJYA/4 credits
JJA 403 Senior Integrative Seminar in JJYA/4 credits
Selectives 4 credits
AST 140 Media and Race in American Society/4 cr
AST 150 Introduction to American Government/4 cr
AST 215 Political and Social Change in America/4 cr
HDP 214 Violence in Lives of Children &Families/4 cr
HDP 221 Family Theories/4 cr
HDP 265 Achievement Motivation/ 4 cr
HDP 301 Counseling Psychology/4 cr
HUM 201 Introduction to Humanities/4 cr
PHL 170 Contemporary Moral Issues/4 cr
CFS 240 Helping Children with Grief and Loss/4 cr
PRO 257 Theory &Practice: Stress Reduction/1 cr
PRO 314 Child Neglect and Abuse/2 cr
PRO 342 Child Welfare/2 cr
PRO 336 Student Policy Fellows Seminar/4 cr
PRO 344 Crisis Intervention/4 cr
SPE 264 Managing Behavior/4 cr
SWK 345 Human Behavior and Social Environment/4 cr
THE 123 Public Speaking/4 cr
THE 205 Acting/4 cr

* College Math Requirement: Students in JJYA fulfill the General Education math requirement with MAT 120, Quantitative Reasoning, and MAT 170, Statistics for Behavioral Sciences.

** If a 4 credit course is utilized, 2 of the 4 credits will count towards the Selective requirement.

Additional Arts & Sciences requirements (12 credits)

Students must complete a minimum of 12 additional arts and sciences credits beyond their general education requirements. This may be fulfilled by a second major in the arts and sciences, a minor in the arts and sciences or three individual arts and sciences courses. One Autism (AUT) course can be included as one of these three separate courses.

BSW/Dual Major In Social Work And Juvenile Justice And Youth Advocacy / 102 Credits

For a full description of the program see the Social Work department section on pages 75-76

Minor/Juvenile Justice And Youth Advocacy/16 Credits

The Juvenile Justice and Youth Advocacy minor provides students with an understanding of effective methods of prevention, advocacy, and intervention with youth, and the conditions and circumstances that place youth at risk as well as conditions that help youth thrive. Our students are interested in working to help young people through jobs in fields such as: Law, policy, politics, education, after-school time, recreation and sports, prevention, and corrections. Courses cover topics such as: What causes delinquency and how can it be prevented; Courts, legal procedure, laws, community safety and the juvenile justice system; Justice, fairness, and policy in our society; and Advocacy for youth and families in a variety of circumstances and settings. We explore current issues from multiple perspectives and students in the minor have opportunities for field based learning experiences.

Course Requirements
JJA 201 Introduction to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 4 credits
JJA 302 Delinquency: Cause, Prevention &Intervention 4 credits
JJA 301 Juvenile Courts and Juvenile Law 4 credits
JJA 380 Youth Work &Youth Advocacy 4 credits

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