Criminal Justice and Political Science, BS

This combined major educates students in criminal justice and political science and in the interface between the two disciplines. The scope and sequence of political science courses provide students with a foundation in topics such as American government, comparative politics, international relations, and security and resilience. Criminal justice courses provide a foundation for understanding individual and systemic aspects of criminology and criminal justice. Students completing this program should be able to understand the relationships between the fields as they relate to understanding and addressing criminal behavior.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Criminal Justice Requirements

Criminal Justice Core Requirements
CRIM 1100Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
CRIM 2200Criminology4
Thematic Electives
Complete one of the following:4
The Death Penalty
Human Trafficking
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Crime, Media, and Politics
Survey Elective
Complete one of the following:4
System-Wide Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race, Crime, and Justice
Computer Science
CS 1100Computer Science and Its Applications4
Mathematics
Complete one of the following:4
Mathematical Thinking
Calculus for Business and Economics
Calculus 1

Political Science Requirements

Political Science Requirements
POLS 1150American Government4
POLS 1155Comparative Politics4
POLS 1160International Relations4
Political Theory
Complete one of the following:4
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought

Research Methods and Electives

Complete Option A, Option B, or Option C, below. Note: These options enable the student to take research methods courses (including statistics/quantitative techniques) as either CRIM courses or as POLS courses.

Option A

Research Methods
CRIM 3600Criminal Justice Research Methods4
CRIM 3700Criminal Justice Statistics4
Criminal Justice Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
CRIM 4001 to CRIM 4999
Political Science Electives
Complete five courses in the following range:20
POLS 2300 to POLS 5999

Option B 

Research Methods
POLS 2399Research Methods in Political Science4
POLS 2400Quantitative Techniques4
Criminal Justice Electives
Complete three courses in the following range:12
CRIM 4001 to CRIM 4999
Political Science Electives
Complete four courses in the following range:20
POLS 2300 to POLS 5999

Option C

Research Methods
Complete one of the following sequences:8
Criminal Justice Research Methods
and Quantitative Techniques
Criminal Justice Statistics
and Research Methods in Political Science
Criminal Justice Electives
Complete two courses in the following range:8
CRIM 4001 to CRIM 4999
Political Science Electives
Complete four courses in the following range:20
POLS 2300 to POLS 5999

Political Science Concentrations (Optional)

If you are working toward one of the following concentrations, declare it with your advisor so that it may be added to your record. Requirements for the concentrations are listed below.

Integrative Requirement

Senior Capstone Requirement
CRIM 4949Senior Capstone Seminar4
or POLS 4701 Political Science Senior Capstone
Due Process
CRIM 2100Criminal Due Process4
Integrative Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Criminal Law
Juvenile Law
Courts and Sentencing
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 84 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in American Political Institutions

Complete four of the following:16
State and Local Politics
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
The American Presidency
Public Policy and Administration
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections

 

Concentration in Campaigns and Elections

Required Courses
With advisor approval, a co-op or internship may be substituted in place of POLS 4947:
POLS 3160Campaign Strategy4
POLS 49474
Campaigns and Elections Electives
If POLS 4947 was replaced by a co-op or internship, an additional elective must be taken.
Complete two of the following:8
Urban Policies and Politics
POLS 2355
Public Opinion, Voting, and Elections
Local Campaigns and Elections
Politics and Mass Media
POLS 3402
POLS 3304

 

Concentration in Identity, Culture, and Politics 

Core Course
POLS 3418Nationalism4
Electives
Complete three of the following:12
Politics of Poverty
Music and Politics in America and Abroad
Religion and Politics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Law and Society

 

Concentration in Law and Legal Studies

Complete four of the following:16
American Political Thought
The U.S. Congress
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties

 

Concentration in Security Studies

Complete four of the following:16
International Security
U.S. National Security Policy
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
U.S. Foreign Policy
Civil-Military Relations
Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection
Arab-Israeli Conflict
Politics of Developing Nations
Model NATO