University Bulletin 2016-17

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Political Science and Criminal Justice

Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/poliscie/index.html

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.

Political Science

Political Science is a broad discipline in both content and methods. Political Science includes philosophical, historical, and analytical studies of governments, politics, and policies. Political scientists may focus on political behavior, decision making, processes, organizations, and public policies. Inquiry in political science addresses the domestic and international policies of the United States and all other countries and regions. Political scientists study the political values, attachments, and activities of people, individually and in groups. Political science examines both what preferences people share and how they differ according to their personal attributes and positions in the economy and society. Political science also studies how people regard and trust each other as well as their leaders and governments. Consequently, political science has many facets and offers opportunities for many different concentrations.

All first-time freshmen must successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry.

Technological Competency Requirement

Research Methods (PSC 310/CJ 310) will satisfy the technology competency requirement for both political and criminal justice majors. This is a requirement course for both majors.

Departmental Honors

The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice offers an opportunity for students in Political Science or Criminal Justice who are not in the University's Honors Program to graduate with departmental honors. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the student needs to have at least a 3.50 grade point average (overall and in the major) and maintain that average upon graduation. In addition, the student must take a two-semester departmental honors thesis project with a faculty mentor and a committee.

Criminal Justice

The curriculum in Criminal Justice provides students interested in law enforcement, criminal law, corrections, and the criminal court system with a broad educational background emphasizing social science and the University's general education skills of critical thinking, writing and analysis. At the same time, students in the department gain basic knowledge of the criminal justice field to the extent of specialization compatible with University and College requirements. The curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The mission of the program must be conceived as interdisciplinary in nature, since no traditional discipline covers the wide spectrum of expertise required. The undergraduate program addresses issues respecting the entire criminal justice system, from the nature of crime and delinquency to society's varied responses to crime. Such a focus includes the organization and operation of each of the functional components in the field.

All first-time full-time freshmen are required to successfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience.

Graduate Studies

The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) curriculum in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice 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.

Requirements For Admission

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

Regular Admission

  1. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work (on a 4-point scale).
  2. Satisfactory GRE scores (at least 300 combined score on the Verbal and the Quantitative Sub tests).
  3. The GRE requirement may be waived for holders of earned advanced degrees on the recommendation of the program coordinator. GRE scores must be submitted prior to any category of admission- except for the person with an earned advanced degree from an accredited institution.

Provisional Admission

In addition to the minimum standards required by the Graduate School, the student must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7, or 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work and submit GRE general test scores.

Faculty Listing

Political Science and Criminal Justice Faculty
Bowers Jr., David A. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BA, Rice University
MA, Cornell U-Ny St Statutory Cols
PHD, University of Texas- Austin
Bunch, Jaclyn A. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Assistant Professor BA, Pace University-New York
MS, Florida State University
PHD, Florida State University
Costanza, Stephen E. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Assistant Professor BGS, University of New Orleans
MA, University of New Orleans
PHD, Louisiana State University
Entessar, Nader Political Sci-Criminal Justice Professor BA, University of CA-Los Ang
MA, University of Missouri-St Loui
PHD, Saint Louis U-Main Campus
Fisher, Samuel H. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BA, Trinity University
MA, University of Alabama
PHD, University of Alabama
Hollingsworth, Michael Political Sci-Criminal Justice Instructor BA, University of Alabama
BSW, University of Alabama
MS, University of Alabama
Husain, Mir Z. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, University of Pennsylvania
PHD, University of Pennsylvania
Koon-Magnin, Sarah L. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Assistant Professor BA, University of Missouri-Columb
MA, Pennsylvania State University
PHD, Pennsylvania State University
Liebertz, Scott S. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Assistant Professor BA, University of Notre Dame
MS, University of Bridgeport
MS, Florida State University
PHD, Florida State University
Nelson, Ronald L. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BS, Texas A & M University
JD, University of Miami
MA, The New School-A University
PHD, University of Texas- Austin
Schulze, Corina S. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BCJ, New Mexico State U-Main Campus
MA, University of New Orleans
PHD, University of New Orleans
Shaw, Thomas C. Political Sci-Criminal Justice Associate Professor BS, University of Southern Miss
MA, University of Southern Miss
PHD, University of New Orleans