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Degree Program and Courses

 

Political Science and Legal Studies Degree Requirements
Department Code: POLS

Minor in Political Science

A total of 18 credits is required for this minor.

 

Minor requirements:

In Political Science and Legal Studies:

100      Active Citizenship and Integrative Learning

101      Introduction to Political Science

 

An additional 12 hours among the following classes:

            POLS 205  Public Policy

            POLS 213  American Politics

            POLS 216  Principles of Criminal Law

            POLS 222  International Relations

            POLS 233  Environmental Policy

            POLS 241  Comparative Politics

            POLS 306  Law and the Legal System

 

Minor in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

A total of 18 credits is required for this minor.

 

Minor requirements:

In Political Science and Legal Studies:

100      Active Citizenship and Integrative Learning

102      Introduction to Criminal Justice

 

An additional 12 hours among the following classes:

            POLS 101  Introduction to Political Science

            POLS 205  Public Policy

            POLS 215  Crime and Punishment

            POLS 216  Principles of Criminal Law

            POLS 217  Criminal Procedure

            POLS 218  Leadership and Ethics in Criminal Justice 

            POLS 306  Law and the Legal System

Political Science and Legal Studies Courses
Department Code: POLS

  • 100 - Active Citizenship and Integrative Learning. An exploration centered around a series of competencies, such as critical thinking, effective citizenship, valuing, and global perspective, which prepare students for living and working as active citizens of a multicultural world. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 101 - Introduction to Political Science. An introduction to the theories and practices used in the discipline of political science. This class will map Political Science in various ways to show students where their interests might fit those of the discipline. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 102 - Introduction to Criminal Justice. An introduction to the components and   operations of the criminal justice system. It examines the three main components of that system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Issues and challenges within the criminal justice system and the system's future are also explored. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 205 - Public Policy. An examination of the nature of public policy and public administration in America as well as the processes of policy formation and administration. The different approaches to evaluating and improving public policies will be fully discussed. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 213 - American Politics. A consideration of the national government in terms of the central ideological basis, its institutional framework, and political actors and processes. This course is an introduction to the study of American politics in the contemporary era and focuses on the process of policymaking in a sociologically diverse, culturally divided, and institutionally fragmented political system. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 215 - Crime and Punishment. An exposure to the most vexing criminal justice issues of our time - how should we punish those who break our laws. Students will discuss cases, articles, and speakers' comments with the aim to discern the merits and disadvantages of the current incarceration priorities and to deliberate whether better options exist for punishing offenders and achieving justice for all concerned. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 216 - Principles of Criminal Law. A generic study of criminal law in the United States, covering the most common crimes prosecuted in American courts. Topics include principles of criminal law, principles of criminal liability, complicity, inchoate crimes, defenses, justifications, excuses, crimes against persons, crimes against property, and crimes against public order. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 217 - Criminal Procedure. An in-depth  examination of the legal aspects of law enforcement. Policing in a democracy often conflicts with the core principles protecting citizens from government intrusions. This course is an in-depth analysis of the rules of criminal evidence and procedure in the United States. Topics include trial procedures, examination of witnesses, real/physical evidence, circumstantial evidence, hearsay evidence and exceptions, privileged communications, declarations against interests, and judicial notice. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 218 - Leadership and Ethics in Criminal Justice.  An exposure  to the various philosophical approaches for developing appropriate ethical decision-making tools for the criminal justice professional. Ethical decision-making tools are illustrated in actual application in police, courts, corrections, criminal justice policy, and criminal justice research scenarios. Emphasis is placed on professional integrity and leadership skills that support laws, policies, and procedures in criminal justice. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 222 - International Relations. A study of international politics, its elements, and general nature with emphasis on the struggle for power among nations. This course introduces and compares basic theories of international politics and applies them to current events. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 233 - Environmental Policy. A study of the policy processes addressing environmental problems not only in the United States but also worldwide. The course provides a thorough overview of specific modern and historical environmental policies. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 241 - Comparative Politics. An introduction to political and governmental systems, focusing primarily on the varieties of democracy. The concept of the nation-state, including political culture and history, and interest articulation. Comparison of both structure and function of government through case studies of a wide array of nations. Credit 3 hours.
     
  • 306 - Law and the Legal System. An introduction to the law with a primary emphasis on U.S. law and the legal system. Topics include U.S. legal history; law and society; court organization and procedure; lawyers and the legal profession; judicial powers and constraints; constitutional, statutory and common law; criminal and civil law; administrative law; and contemporary legal issues. Credit 3 hours.
     

Political Science and Legal Studies Offerings

Course Offering Spring 2010
Course Offering Fall 2010
Course Offering Spring 2011

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