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Department of History and Social Sciences

Degree Programs

Criminal Justice
Criminal justice encompasses a wide variety of fields, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, courts/judiciary, corrections, forensic science, private security, and juvenile justice administration. Criminal justice is concerned with causation and prevention of crimes, the adjudication of guilt or innocence, and the apprehension, punishment and/or treatment of criminals. Employment opportunities continue to expand, as students majoring in criminal justice may anticipate careers with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, probation and parole, private investigation, homeland security, and computer forensics.
Criminal Justice (Generalist) Curriculum Sheet
Criminal Justice (Forensic Science Concentration) Curriculum Sheet

History
History is more than just knowledge of what happened when, but seeks understanding of human beings by studying their past actions and environments. Historians are found in a variety of areas such as museums, preservation, archiving, libraries, the legal field, and specific projects requiring researching and writing skills.
History Curriculum Sheet

Political Science

NOTE: Students interested in a political science concentration are invited to choose a History or Criminal Justice major with a concentration in political science. Information about this, including curriculum sheets, will be available during Spring, 2014 advisement and enrollment.

Political Science involves the study of people and institutions in regards to how decisions are made regarding the exercise of power and how social order is achieved through it. It has many sub-disciplines which focus on individual and group decision-making, institutions and their functions, international politics, comparisons of states and institutions, and normative questions involving legal systems and human beings rights and responsibilities in the social order. Holders of this degree often enter government service or in the service of international organizations, work for political institutions or policy-makers, go on to legal careers, or provide expertise to business enterprises in both domestic and international affairs.
Political Science Curriculum Sheet (for program enrollees prior to 2014) 

Sociology
Sociology is concerned with the study of the social lives of people, groups, and societies. Using a variety of theoretical approaches and research methodologies, sociologists strive to understand the causes and consequences of social relationships, cultures, and societal institutions. Students majoring in sociology may anticipate careers in human services, social services, criminal justice, education, government, research and business.
Sociology Curriculum Sheet