Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership Majors

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science

The major in political science provides a comprehensive understanding of politics. It does so by acquainting students with the literature of the discipline in six different areas (American politics, comparative politics, international politics, law, political theory, and public policy) and by equipping students with methodological tools necessary for sound and critical analysis of political institutions of behavior and of processes by which public policy is formed. The faculty also seek to engage students in a partnership of research and other scholarly endeavors.

There are 36 hours of required classes for the Bachelor of Arts. In addition, students are required to complete 15 hours of political science electives.

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Degree Requirements: B.A. – Political Science



PSC 100/100H

American Politics



-- OR --


PSC 101

State and Local Politics


PSC 102

Comparative Politics


PSC 103/103H

International Politics


PSC 110/110H

Political Ideas


PSC 215

Scope and Methods

(taken prior to 96 hours)


PSC 301

American Political Institutions


PSC 310

Political Behavior


PSC 372

Modern Political Theory


PSC 403

Politics in Action


PSC 410

International Political Economy


PSC 465



PSC 486

Conflict and Security


Select five additional 300/400-level PSC courses




Additional program information:

  • The Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon those students completing all requirements for the major or minor in political science and other NKU requirements for the degree, which includes a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all major coursework and earning at least a C- in each course counted.
  • Only two courses meeting these degree requirements may also be used to satisfy general education requirements or to meet a minor or focus (with the exception of the pre-law focus) when the accompanying major is within the department.
  • PSC 496 and PSC 499 cannot count toward secondary requirements.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminal Justice

Available in both traditional and fully-online formats.

The major consists of a 24-credit-hour core and 24 credit hours of additional requirements. Core courses provide a conceptual understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, theories of crime and punishment, ethics, and social science research methods. Rather than training individuals for a particular occupation through instruction in specific vocational skills, the program offers a broad, liberal education focused on the cultivation of analytical and creative thought and on the ability to read, write, and speak effectively.

The degree is also available in a fully-online format; interested students should contact Educational Outreach for more information. JUS online course offerings in the fall and spring semesters are set up for students enrolled in our criminal justice online program. Thus, we do not give permits for face-to-face students to enroll in online restricted classes (those designated ONLR). However, depending on the enrollment numbers in the online restricted sections, and the incoming online student population, we may release some seats from the restricted sections to the online non-restricted sections (those designated ONL) immediately after the priority registration deadline and again just before classes begin. Students interested in the online section of a course must check myNKU for openings in the online non-restricted (ONL) section of those courses after priority registration and before classes begin.

Students majoring or minoring in criminal justice must earn at least a C- in each course counted as part of the major or minor. At least 24 hours of JUS courses must be earned in residence at NKU.

If a particular course has a prerequisite that is not listed as part of the major requirements, then the prerequisite is given in italics below the course for which it is a prerequisite. These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

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Degree Requirements: B.A. – Criminal Justice



JUS 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice


JUS 200

Police in America


JUS 201

Corrections in America


JUS 203

The Criminal Court System


JUS 301

Ethics in Criminal Justice


JUS 315

Criminal Justice Research Methods

Prerequisite: STA 205 or STA 212


JUS 317

Perspectives on Crime

Prerequisite: STA 205 or STA 212


JUS 400

Juvenile Justice


Select 24 JUS credit hours from the following; 15 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above.

JUS 204

Criminal Investigation


JUS 205

Criminal Evidence


JUS 210

Legal Research


JUS 231

Race, Gender, and Crime


JUS 294

Topics: Justice Studies


JUS 302

Criminal Law


JUS 303

Criminal Procedure


JUS 310

Police Management


JUS 311

Police in the Community


JUS 312

Institutional Corrections


JUS 313

Rights of the Convicted


JUS 319

Criminal Justice in Film


JUS 320

Advanced Crime Scene Technology and Criminalistics


JUS 333

Careers in Criminal Justice


JUS 351

Financial Investigations


JUS 395

Criminal Justice: Study Abroad


JUS 402

Alternatives to Incarceration


JUS 403

Crime and Public Policy


JUS 404

Evidence Preparation and Courtroom Testimony


JUS 405

Crime Prevention


JUS 408

Victims and Crime


JUS 428

Crime Across the Life Course


JUS 429

Women in Criminal Justice


JUS 494

Seminar: Justice Studies


JUS 496

Internship: Justice Studies


JUS 499

Readings: Justice Studies




Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Available in both traditional and fully-online formats.

The organizational leadership program explores both theoretical and practical understandings of leadership. Students examine leadership in various types of organizations and across organizational levels and positions while recognizing that leadership is not necessarily position-bound, but based on building relationships and effectively addressing challenges in all types of human groups, communities, and settings. Emphasis is placed on leadership in team and group settings and developing personal and professional leadership capacities. The program offers the chance for students to evolve from understanding leadership as a solitary, authoritarian phenomenon to a process that is inclusive and collaborative. Students who successfully complete the organizational leadership program will be able to understand theory, think critically, navigate and creatively solve complex problems, examine and handle ethical issues, facilitate intentional change, communicate effectively, use contemporary technology, and appreciate diverse and global perspectives. Partnering organizational leadership requirements with a secondary area of study (minor or focus) aligned with educational and career objectives equips students to collaborate, lead, and adapt to future needs in an area of interest.

Degree completion in organizational leadership is available in the following program delivery modes: (1) traditional face-to-face classes; (2) the Program for Adult-Centered Education, an accelerated face-to-face evening program for adult learners; and (3) completely online. Online learning offers a flexible alternative, and PACE offers an accelerated evening format in Highland Heights and at the Grant County Center in Williamstown, Ky.

For questions about organizational leadership, email the program coordinator .

If a particular course has a prerequisite that is not listed as part of the major requirements, then the prerequisite is given in italics below the course for which it is a prerequisite. These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Degree Requirements: B.A. – Organizational Leadership

Courses in Leadership


LDR 300

Foundations of Leadership


LDR 308

Leadership Development


LDR 310


Research Methods in Leadership

Prerequisite: STA 113, STA 205,

STA 212 or STA 213


LDR 381

Organizational Ethics and Decision Making


LDR 382

Organizational Theory and Change


LDR 385

Teamwork in Organizations


LDR 394

Special Topics in Leadership


LDR 460

Leading in Diverse and Global Contexts


LDR 480

Organizational Leadership Capstone


Credits in Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership


Courses in Other Disciplines


PSY 340

Social Psychology



Prerequisite: PSY 100


PSY 344

Industrial/Organizational Psychology



Prerequisite: PSY 100


Credits in Other Disciplines




Students with fewer than 60 hours credit at admission or major declaration must complete these foundation classes (four classes):

Foundation Courses


LDR 117

Introduction to Supervision


LDR 160

Leadership Around the World


LDR 205

Human Relations in Organizations


LDR 394

Special Topics in Leadership

(This is in addition to the LDR 394 required for the major.)




The following leadership courses are available as electives: "LDR 396: Leadership Practicum" (variable credit one to 6 hours; repeatable for up to 9 hours), "LDR 315: Leading People in Organizations," and the option to repeat LDR 394 for up to 12 credit hours as long as topics differ. Students who are not required to complete the four foundation classes may also take "LDR 117: Introduction to Supervision," "LDR 160: Leadership around the World," and "LDR 205: Human Relations in Organizations" as elective courses. Note: "LDR 160: Leadership Around the World" is also a Global Viewpoints Foundation of Knowledge course.

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Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

The Catalog

Catalog Changes

University Accreditation

Employment and Earnings of Kentucky College Graduates

About NKU

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