POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR
Criminal Justice Track
A major in Political Science with a Criminal Justice focus requires the following:
Four Core courses:
and 24 semester hours of additional course work which must include at least two courses from each of the following groups:
American Politics: POL 201, 202, 206, 215, 230, 305, 311, 317, 319, 320, 322, 323, 338, 340
Comparative Politics/International Relations: POL 203, 205, 301, 314, 315, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 341
Minor/collateral requirements (two options):
- a) two 12-hour collaterals approved by the faculty adviser
- b) an 18-hour minor approved by the faculty adviser
The minimum number of semester hours required in major courses is 36. The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and non-major) required for a major in political science is 120.
Optional Track: A major in political science with a concentration in criminal justice requires the following:
- POL 101, 103, 295, and 395
- Eighteen hours of criminal justice course work distributed as follows:
Six hours of core courses:
POL 230 (Introduction to Criminal Justice)
SOCI 341 (Criminology)
Nine hours of political science selected from:
POL 322 (Civil Rights and Civil Liberties)
POL 323 (Rights of the Accused)
POL 330 (Perspectives on Policing)
POL 331 (Administration of Justice)
Three hours of sociology selected from:
SOCI 342 (Social Deviance)
SOCI 343 (Juvenile Delinquency)
SOCI 344 (Violence in Society)
SOCI 346 (Crime and Organizations)
SOCI 347 (Alcohol, Drugs, and Society)
- Six hours of additional course work in political science
NOTE: SOC 201 (Principles of Sociology) is a prerequisite for all sociology courses offered in this optional track.
The minimum number of semester hours required in major courses is 36.
The minimum number of semester hours in all courses (major and non-major) required for a major in political science is 120.
A minor in political science requires 18 semester hours, including POL 101 and 103.
A collateral in political science requires 12 semester hours, including POL 101 or 103.
Students wishing to enroll in political science 477, 487, or 497 should confer with the department chair.