The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in international corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and departments and agencies of the federal government which manage foreign affairs.

The combined BA in Government and Politics 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.

Degree Plan

NOTE: All students are required to complete the General Education Requirements of their campus in fulfillment of their Bachelor degree requirements.

Required major courses (24 credits)

  • GOVT1000    American Government & Politics
  • GOVT2130    International Relations
  • GOVT2216    Problems in Politics
  • GOVT2400    Politics & Ethics
  • GOVT2500    Rsrch Methods in the Social Sciences
  • CRIM6000   Prof. Seminar Criminal Justice
  • CRIM6005   Advanced Criminological Theory
  • CRIM6025   Social Science Research Methods & Statistics

Major electives (21 credits)

Select from 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses in GOVT.  At least (6) credits from 3000 level or higher.

Master’s degree courses (27 credits)

  • CRIM6010  U.S. Constitution, Public Policy, & Crim Just
  • CRIM8000  Critical Analysis of Criminal Justice (or)
  • CRIM8050  Master’s Research Project
  • Graduate Electives (21 credits)

Graduate courses CRIM6000, CRIM6005, and CRIM6020 will be taken in a student’s senior year with the following conditions:

  • 21 credits of Graduate Electives may be selected from the following: CRIM6015, CRIM6020, CRIM7020, CRIM7025, CRIM7030, CRIM7060, CRIM7065, CRIM7070, CRIM7080, CRIM7081, CRIM7084, CRIM7085, CRIM7090, CRIM7800
  • Professional Seminar in Criminal Justice (CRIM6000) 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 (CRIM6015).

Course Descriptions