Mission Statement & Philosophy


The School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies mission is to provide students with a comprehensive education that skillfully integrates theory and application into a holistic and interdisciplinary course of study that prepares students for graduate and law school, and a host of wide-ranging career opportunities within government, non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and a wide array of social, philanthropic, and public service agencies both domestically and internationally.


The School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies philosophy is to holistically develop each student by providing a challenging, collaborative, and stimulating environment that cultivates academic curiosity and intellectual maturation.

Culture and Environment

Recognizing that learning should serve to engage and challenge students intellectually, while at the same time make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience, the climate and environment within classes is one that fosters individual creativity, social responsibility, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making, effective communications skills, and a strong sense of personal and professional integrity.

Classes are small and student centered, recognizing individual student learning needs and styles. Emphasis is on continuity, connectivity, and synergy as it relates to the curriculum and programmatic outcomes; one where the faculty, staff, and students collaborate and closely work together.

Inherent to the School's mission and philosophy, the faculty and staff of the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, & International Studies have developed a Personalized Mentoring Program whereby every student is teamed with a faculty mentor who provides both academic and career advisement.

Recognizing that learning is an idiosyncratic process in which every student learns differently, faculty mentors work with students on a per semester basis to ensure that their course selections are timely, consistent with their needs and interest, and lead to the timely completion of their degrees.  Underscoring the importantance of time management, faculty advisement takes into consideration the importance of balancing academics with other commitments such as family and friends, athletics, full or part-time employment, as well as social activities

School Goals and Objectives

The School’s goals and objectives are to provide students with the requisite content, breadth, depth, coherence, and rigor in the knowledge and understanding of the curricular content and associated outcomes, methods of inquiry, and to develop intellectual curiosity and skills pertinent to the study of the causes, consequences, and responses to crime and its interrelatedness to other areas of study.