College of Arts and Sciences

2000 - 2001 Bulletin Information

DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Chair: Dr. Nola Allen (460-7161)
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Tim O’Shea
Professors: Allen, Fishman, Kressley, Morris
Associate Professors: Fisher, Husain, Nicholls
Assistant Professors: Bowers, O’Shea
Emeritus Professors: Harkins, Kaempfer

UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
The courses offered in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice are designed to achieve three important objectives:

1. to help students attain a liberal education;

2. to encourage and prepare students to participate actively in public affairs;

3. to help students advance toward professional careers in such fields as education, law and government.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
For a major in political science a student must take a minimum of 36 semester hours in political science, of which 18 hours come from the core political science courses, 12 hours of PSC electives at the 300/400 level, and six hours of PSC electives at the 400 level.

Political Science Major:

PSC 130
PSC 270
3
3
PSC 250
PSC 310
3
3
PSC 311 or PSC 312 or PSC 313
PSC 334
400 level PSC electives
300/400 level PSC electives

Total Required Hours

3
3
6
12
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36

 

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-04 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

05 History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (9 HRS)

Select three(at least one History): AN 100, AN 101, GEO 114, GEO 115, HY 101, HY 102, HY 235, HY 236, PSY 120, PSY 250, ECO 215, ECO 216, SY 109, SY 112, SS 199, SS 299

06-10 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (36 HRS)

PSC 130 PSC 250 PSC 270 PSC 310/CJ 310
Select one: PSC 311, PSC 312, PSC 313, PSC 334
Select 12 hours: PSC 300 and/or PSC 400 level
Select 6 hours: PSC 400 level

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
For a minor in political science a student must take a minimum of 27 semester hours in political science, of which 15 hours come from the specific political science courses listed below, nine hours of PSC electives, and a minimum of three hours of PSC electives at the 400 level.

Political Science Minor:

PSC 130
PSC 250 or 270
PSC 310
PSC 311 or PSC 312 or PSC 313
400 level PSC electives
300/400 level PSC electives

Total Required Hours

3
3
3
3
3
9
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24

CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Criminal Justice Program is designed to meet two broad objectives:

  1. To give students, through core courses, an overview of the criminal justice system, and the ability to analyze critical problems associated with that system; and
  2. To give students (through their selection of a group in either correctional administration, criminal justice administration, juvenile justice administration, or law enforcement administration) a concentration of elective, specialized courses that will allow them to assume professional-managerial careers in their chosen area of the federal, state, local, or private level.

The program prepares students for further academic training in graduate or law school.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The major shall consist of a minimum of 39 semester hours, 24 hours of which are in the Core and required of every student. Most courses are grouped in the categories of Corrections, Law Enforcement, Juvenile Justice Administration, or Law Administration. (The four groups are the four segments of the criminal justice system.) Students are required to concentrate by taking at least two courses out of the group in addition to the lead course that is listed in the core. The remainder of the hours for the major can come from any group or from a series of courses that are electives.

The Criminal Justice offerings are:
CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE*

CJ 205
CJ 301
CJ 305
CJ 310
CJ 315
CJ 374
CJ 435
CJ 492 or 496 Internship

Total Required Hours

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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Criminal Justice Majors must choose one of the following groups:
Corrections:

CJ 374*
CJ 420
CJ 450
3
3
3
CJ 375
CJ 430
3
3

Law Enforcement:

CJ 305*
CJ 411
CJ 450
3
3
3
CJ 410
CJ 415
CJ 475
3
3
3

Juvenile Justice Administration:

CJ 435*
CJ 436
3
3
CJ 431
CJ 437
3
3

Law Administration:

CJ 315*
CJ 331
CJ 410
CJ 430
3
3
3
3
CJ 330
CJ 332
CJ 411
CJ 431
3
3
3
3

Criminal Justice Electives:

CJ 320
CJ 440
CJ 484
CJ 490
CJ 496
3
3
3
3
3-12
CJ 416
CJ 460
CJ 485
CJ 494
3
3
3
3

*A core course that must be taken as a prerequisite to the other courses in the group.

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-10 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (39 HRS)

CJ 205 CJ 301 CJ 305 CJ 310 CJ 315 CJ 374 CJ 435
Select one: CJ 492, CJ 496
Select two courses from same group:
Group 1: CJ 375, CJ 420, CJ 430, CJ 450
Group 2: CJ 410, CJ 411, CJ 415, CJ 450, CJ 475
Group 3: CJ 431, CJ 436, CJ 437
Group 4: CJ 330, CJ 331, CJ 332, CJ 410, CJ 411, CJ 430, CJ 431
Select 9 hours: CJ 300 and/or CJ 400 level

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The minor shall consist of a minimum of 21 semester hours, 12 hours of which are in the core and required of every student.

PSC 130, U.S. Government, and CJ 205, Introduction to Criminal Justice, are prerequisites for all Criminal Justice courses. (The hours for PSC 130 will not be applied to the major or minor.)

GRADUATE STUDIES
The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) curriculum in the Department of Political Science is a professional degree program designed principally for present and future administrators and officers in government and other public related organizations. It is open, however, to other qualified students as well.

Students entering the program come from varied academic and vocational backgrounds. Accordingly, no specific undergraduate major is required for admission to the MPA Program. However, certain course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrollment in any of the required core courses of the curriculum.

All students in the program have an option of non-thesis (Plan A) or thesis (Plan B).

Students in the program who are not already employed in the public sector should, if possible, serve in government internships, discussed below.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION
Students are admitted each semester. The following criteria supplement the Graduate School criteria (see Categories of Admission).

REGULAR ADMISSION

  1. Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (on a 4-point scale).
  2. Satisfactory GRE (or equivalent standardized test) scores (at least 1000 combined score on the Verbal and the Quantitative Subtests).
  3. The GRE requirement may be waived for holders of earned advanced degrees on the recommendation of the program coordinator.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION

In addition to the minimum standards required by the Graduate School, the student must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7 and submit GRE general test scores.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEGREE
To qualify for the degree of Master of Public Administration, all candidates must satisfactorily complete a minimum of thirty-six semester hours, as follows:

  1. The following courses are prerequisites for the core curriculum: PSC 130, Introduction to U.S. Government, or its equivalent; PSC 334, Public Administration, or its equivalent.
  2. Twenty-four hours in the following eight core courses:
    Note: The Core Curriculum Cycle Should Ideally Commence in the Fall Semester
    PSC 500
    PSC 520
    PSC 540
    PSC 570
    PSC 510
    PSC 530
    PSC 550
    PSC 580
  3. Twelve hours of electives approved by the Coordinator of the MPA Program in the Department of Political Science. These twelve hours are to be selected from among the following: PSC 596, Internship (maximum of nine hours); PSC 594, Directed Research (one to six hours); PSC 599, Thesis (six hours); and/or other graduate or 400, 500 or 600-level courses offered by the University of South Alabama as approved by the advisor.

Any substitutions for the above requirements must be approved in writing by the Coordinator of the MPA Program.

GRE (or equivalent standardized test) scores must be submitted prior to any category of admission except for the person with an earned advanced degree from an accredited institution.

A candidate for the MPA degree must complete successfully a comprehensive written examination covering the eight core courses listed under 1) on the previous page. To be eligible to take this examination, a student must have achieved at least a 3.00 (B) grade-point average on the core curriculum course work. Normally, the examination will be administered during the Fall and Spring Semesters. The comprehensive examination may be attempted no more than twice.

INTERNSHIP
Students in the MPA Program who are not suitably employed full-time in public agencies may be allowed to enroll in PSC 596, Graduate Internship in Public Administration, for a maximum of nine semester hours.

Normally, admission to the Internship Program will be dependent upon the following prerequisites:

  1. satisfactory completion of at least six of the required core courses;
  2. approval by the internship professor of the prospective intern’s qualifications and proposed project; and
  3. placement of the student in an appropriate agency of the government or other public service institution.

The length of the internship and corresponding credit (at the rate of three to nine hours per semester), not to exceed a total of nine hours, will be determined for each student on the basis of the student’s particular needs and opportunities.

Each intern will be required, in consultation with the intern professor, to develop a research design for the project to be undertaken during the internship. Each intern will also be required to write a paper showing how that research design has been carried out. Particular emphasis will be placed in the paper upon the relationship between the internship experience and academic course work. Close and continuing supervision of each intern’s progress will be provided by the intern professor.

Descriptions of all Political Science (PSC) courses

Descriptions of all Criminal Justice (CJ) courses

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