Guilford College

Justice and Policy Studies Department

Community and Justice Studies

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Science


At A Glance

Full-time Faculty: 3

Full-time Faculty Identifying as Community Psychologists: 2

Available Student Assistantships: Teaching Assistantships (not paid by department, but can apply for undergraduate teaching fellows program)

The Program 

Students in this program collaborate with core community partners in real-world problem solving that offers illuminating insights about public service organizations, civic activism and strategies for changing organizations from the inside. The program emphasizes community-based teaching and learning and collaboration with core community partners and other academic departments to understand public service organizations, problem-solving, civic activism and strategies for changing organizations from the inside.

One of the most powerful opportunities is the Participatory Action Research project conducted by our students as part of a local restorative justice initiative. Students engaged with residents, city officials and police offers as they dialogued and developed action plans to create healthier communities where everyone feels safe and respected.

Program Alumni Information

Graduates have pursued careers and graduate study in urban affairs, public administration, law, social work, education and related vocations. Others have built rewarding careers in community organizing and with nonprofit organizations, focusing on mediation and conflict transformation, legal representation and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, immigration, homelessness, poverty and other social concerns.

Research interests of the program faculty include: 

  • Community organizing, 
  • immigrant justice and 
  • anti-racist community development