Our Department’s Mission
The mission of the History, Criminal Justice, and Political Science Department is to guide students toward growth in their base of knowledge in political science, history, criminal justice, and the social sciences in general, that they may have the opportunity to walk wisely, guided by the foundational purpose of this University--a Christian perspective toward faith and learning.
The purpose of the Department's majors is to ensure that students have access to the widest range of choices in career paths and academic concentrations without diluting the strength of the knowledge being imparted. The choice of majors also suggests the depth of course concentrations so that students can upon graduation choose to move forward to graduate education, professional schooling, or the job market.
Our curriculum is designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to understand the institutions of the criminal justice process — police, courts, corrections — and the administration of justice. You will acquire an understanding of the various components of the formal criminal justice process, endemic and emerging issues in criminal justice, and many of the incongruities in the justice system. Additionally, you will be taught how to critically assess some of the major controversial issues in policing, courts, corrections, and administration.
You will study criminology, victimology, political policy analysis, research methods, and other sociological tools used to measure and understand the etiology of crime, societies’ response to crime, and policy issues in the administration of justice. This curriculum will lead you to reevaluate your views of justice, the criminal justice system, and society in general.