The Social Science Department provides an introduction to the study of social and political organizations. In lower-division courses, students are exposed to fundamental knowledge concerning the development and operation of societies and cultures, from the broad view of history to the formation of individual values. At the highest level of study, students construct individualized research and applied skills development. The core disciplines include history, sociology, and political science. The curriculum is integral to the General University Course Requirements (GUCRs). In relation to the degree programs at Heritage, the Social Science curriculum promotes context — a framework for developing the specialized knowledge and skills that lead to criminal justice (law enforcement, corrections, corporate loss prevention), law, public service, nonprofit management, and post-baccalaureate degree programs.
DEGREES AND PROGRAMS OFFERED
The Social Science Department offers courses to complete the following degrees and programs:
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Major: Criminal Justice
Major: Interdisciplinary Contract (see requirements under “Special Programs” section in contract major)
Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Area: Social Science
B.A. Criminal Justice
Area: Homeland Security
The academic program in Criminal Justice is designed for career-seeking students. The purpose of the program is to produce critical thinkers who are knowledgeable, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and adapt to changing realities and circumstances. The program strives to familiarize students with facts, concepts, and knowledge affecting the development of public policy, justice, security, and public safety in America. Critical thinking skills, leadership, communication skills, the ability to integrate ideas, and a commitment to lifelong learning are primary outcomes for students in the Criminal Justice program. More important, the curriculum promotes ethical behavior in applying skills and academic knowledge to practical situations. It provides insights to social, political, legal, and historical issues that are essential in problem solving. It provides perspective that enables students to work effectively in diverse, changing circumstances affecting diverse, changing populations. With this understanding, students are encouraged to think creatively in exploring ways to promote public safety, prevent crime, and improve the state of the criminal justice system overall.
- Describe the organizations, functions, policies, processes, and the legal environment that make up the criminal justice system in enforcing and adjudicating the law and administering justice
- Analyze and explain the social issues and processes that lead to and result from crime, including the behavioral causes and effects of crime
- Conduct research and interpret statistical data that may be used for planning, problem solving, decision making, and policy development
- Demonstrate an ability to work and communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds
- Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating principles, systems, policies, practices, and situations involving criminal justice practitioners, including their professional and ethical disposition
What jobs are available for criminal justice graduates?
- Law enforcement officer
- Corrections officer
- Probation officer
- Federal agent
- Detective/private investigator
- Corporate security/loss prevention officer
- Emergency management/Homeland Security officer