B.A. in Political Science/M.A. Criminal Justice

General Education Requirements (47 credits)

College Competencies (24 Credits)

ENWR1101 Academic Writing
ENWR1102 Academic Research & Writing
Speech/Professional Communication
Quantitative Analysis
Math or Technology or Statistics
POLS2606 Ethics and Politics
Scientific Analysis

Liberal Arts Distribution (21 credits)

Social and Behavioral Sciences
POLS1101 Intro to Political Science
POLS2231 Comp Government and Politics
Art and Culture:

University Requirements (8 credits)

UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life
UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV2001 Cross-cultural Perspectives
UNIV2002 Global Issues

Major Requirements (39 credits)

Required Major Courses (18 credits)

POLS2232 Political Thought and Theory
POLS2251 Foreign Policy of the United States
POLS2253 American Government
CRIM6000 Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRIM6005 Advanced Criminological Theory
CRIM6025 Social Science Research Methods

1Major Elective Courses (21 credits)

Minor (15 credits)
Free Electives (13 credits)
Master's Curriculum (27 credits)

CRIM6010 U.S. Constitution, Public Policy, and Criminal Justice
CRIM8000 Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice (or)
CRIM8050 Master's Research Project
Criminal Justice Electives (18 credits)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation. Up to 6 credits from the major and 6 credits from the minor may be applied toward the General Education requirements.

Total Credits (120 credits)
  • WRITTEN COMMUNICATION:  This requirement consists of six credits in English Composition (ENWR1101 and ENWR1102) and six credits of writing intensive courses within the major.
  • SPEECH/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION:  Requirements consist of a three-credit course that is substantially concerned with public speaking and oral presentations, typically a course in Speech.
  • QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS:  Accuplacer will place students in the appropriate class level.  Students will take MATH 1101, 1105, 1107, or 1201 to satisfy this requirement; upper level MATH-prefix courses may be substituted with prior approval from Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences & Engineering.
  • MATH, TECHNOLOGY or STATISTICS:  Students will take 3 credits of an upper level math course at a level higher than the course fulfilled in Quantitative Analysis:  either MATH 1105, 1107, 1201, 2202, 2243, or 2337, or one of the following courses:  ENGR 1301, ENGR 2286, ENGR 3000, CENG 1205/EGTC1205, CENG 1245/EGTC 1245, EGTC 3261, EGTM 2230, EGTM 2232, CSCI 1105, CSCI 1201, any CSCI courses above 1201, any INFO prefix, or PSYC 2201.  Students must fulfill any applicable prerequisites for a course before taking it.  In addition, they can take either MATH2337 or PSYC2201, but not both in their course of study since MATH2337 and PSYC2201 cover many similar topics.
  • ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS:  For Political Science majors this course should be POLS2606: Ethics & Politics.
  • SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS:  Requirements consist of a minimum of six credits of laboratory science from BIOL, CHEM, ENVR, MBIO, or PHYS.
  • LANGUAGE:  Depending on the score obtained on the placement test, students will take either one 1102-level class (NOT 1101) or an intermediate-level class.  If score is above the intermediate level (or can demonstrate equivalent proficiency via a reputable test), they are excused from the language requirement.  AP scores of 5 automatically exempt students from the language requirement.
  • ARTS AND CULTURE:  Take six credits of coursework in DAN, MUSIC, THEA, LANG, or any advisor approved Foreign Language, or ART1141, ART1142, ART1144, ART1151, ART1153, ART1157, ART1158, ART1159, ART1161, ART1167, ART1169, ART1181, ART1187, ART1189, ART1832, ART1841, COMM2104, COMM2210, COMM2415, COMM2103, COMM2743, COMM2745, or EPS 1201.
  • SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES:  This requirement will be satisfied by the required major courses POLS 1101 and POLS 2231.
  • HUMANITIES:  Take six credits of any course that has the prefix ENGL, HIST, HUMN, LANG, PHIL, RELI, or the following ART courses:  ART1103, 1107, 1108, 1120, 1131, 1133, 1135, 1136, 1137, 2137, and 2238.  Courses may be within the same discipline or different disciplines, but either way at least one course must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • BA/MA Combined Degree Program Requirements:  The combined BA in Political Science and MA in Criminal Justice is open to political science majors admitted to the university.  After successful completion of 64 credits at the undergraduate level but no later than completion of 90 credits, students who have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and 3.25 in their major, must declare their candidacy to continue in the combined degree program.  This affords students the opportunity to collaborate with their adviser in the selection of undergraduate and graduate courses.  Students in the combined degree program must maintain a minimum 3.00 GPA in the graduate program for which they have been approved.  Graduate courses CRIM 6000, CRIM 6005, and CRIM 6020 will be taken in a student’s senior year with the following conditions:
    • Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice (CRIM 6000) must be taken within a student’s first 6-9 credits of graduate courses.
    • Statistics and Data Analysis (CRIM 6020) serves as a prerequisite to Research Methods (CRIM 6015).
    • *18 credits of Graduate Electives may be selected from the following:  CRIM 7020, CRIM 7025, CRIM 7030, CRIM 7060, CRIM 7065, CRIM 7070, CRIM 7080, CRIM 7081, CRIM 7085, CRIM 7090, CRIM 7800