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Degree Requirements

Department of Social Sciences - Degree Requirements

Bachelor Degrees (Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science)
BA in Sociology Freshman Year
Total Semester Hours: 34

Science Elective - 9
(Must include biological and physical science and one six-hour sequence.)
FORL 101 - 3
FORL 102 - 3

ENGL 101 - English Composition I
ENGL 102 - English Composition II
FFND 101 - Freshman Foundations
HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648
MATH 113 - College Algebra
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference
ORIN 101 - Freshman Orientation


Sophomore Year
Total Semester Hours: 33

Computer Literacy - 3
Anthropology or Geography Electives - 6
Government Elective - 3
History Elective - 3

ENGL 351 - Advanced English Grammar
ENGL 361 - Advanced English Composition
GOVT 201 - American Government
HIST 201 - American History to 1877
MAAP 200 - Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress Examination
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
SOCL 201 - Introductory Sociology


Junior Year
Total Semester Hours: 27

Fine Arts Elective - 3
Sociology - 3
Electives - 12

SOCL 211 - Social Problems
SOCL 320 - Social Research Methods
SOCL 411 - Sociological Theory


Senior Year
Total Semester Hours: 28

Speech - 3
Philosophy - 3
Sociology - 12
Electives - 6

SOCL 413 - Social Stratification
SOSC 400 - Portfolio
BS in Criminal Justice Freshman Year
Total Semester Hours: 32

Computer Literacy - 3
Science Elective - 9
(Must include biological and physical science and one six-hour sequence.)
Electives - 4

CJUS 111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
ENGL 101 - English Composition I
ENGL 102 - English Composition II
FFND 101 - Freshman Foundations
MATH 113 - College Algebra
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference
ORIN 101 - Freshman Orientation


Sophomore Year
Total Semester Hours: 30

Speech - 3

CJUS 231 - Criminology
CJUS 241 - The U. S. Correctional System
CJUS 252 - Criminal Law
GOVT 201 - American Government
HIST 201 - American History to 1877
HIST 202 - American History since 1877
MAAP 200 - Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress Examination
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
SOCL 201 - Introductory Sociology

Additional Requirements: 3
Select one from the following:

HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648
HIST 121 - World Civilization to 1500
HIST 122 - World Civilization since 1500


Junior Year
Total Semester Hours: 30

Criminal Justice - 3
Government - 6
Electiv - 6
Sociology - 3

CJUS 271 - Police and Policing
CJUS 432 - Criminal Justice Administration and Management
ENGL 351 - Advanced English Grammar
ENGL 361 - Advanced English Composition


Senior Year
Total Semester Hours: 30

Criminal Justice - 9
Psychology - 3
Electives or Internships - 8
Sociology - 6
Fine Arts Elective - 3

SOSC 400 - Portfolio
BA in Government Freshman Year
Total Semester Hours: 34

Foreign Language - 6
Science Elective - 9
(Must include biological and physical science and one six-hour sequence.)

ENGL 101 - English Composition I
ENGL 102 - English Composition II
FFND 101 - Freshman Foundations
HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648
MATH 113 - College Algebra
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference
ORIN 101 - Freshman Orientation


Sophomore Year
Total Semester Hours: 30

Computer Literacy - 3
Anthropology or Geography Elective - 3
(Of any electives, students must take at least 21 hours in courses 300 or above.)
English Literature - 3
Electives - 6
(Of any electives, students must take at least 21 hours in courses 300 or above.)

ECON 204 - Principles of Macroeconomics
GOVT 201 - American Government
GOVT 240 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
HIST 201 - American History to 1877
HIST 202 - American History since 1877
MAAP 200 - Midpoint Assessment of Academic Progress Examination


Junior Year
Total Semester Hours: 27

Government Electives 1 - 9
(Of any electives, students must take at least 21 hours in courses 300 or above.)
Elective - 3
(Of any electives, students must take at least 21 hours in courses 300 or above.)
Philosophy Electives - 3

ENGL 351 - Advanced English Grammar
ENGL 361 - Advanced English Composition
SOCL 201 - Introductory Sociology
SOCL 320 - Social Research Methods


Senior Year
Total Semester Hours: 31

Fine Arts Electives - 6
(Of any electives, students must take at least 21 hours in courses 300 or above.)
Speech - 3
Government Electives 2 - 12
Electives - 9

SOSC 400 - Portfolio

Note: 26 hours in American Political Process: GOVT 301, 350, 360, 370, 401, 410, 410, 447, 448, 449; 3 hours in Comparative Politics, International Relations, or Political Thought: GOVT 315, 320, 403, 421. Students majoring in Government must earn a grade of "C" or higher in each Government course.
Concentration in Terrorism, Preparedness, and Security Total hrs. for major: 30

Select at least 18 semester hours from the following:

CJUS 381 - Security Systems
CJUS 401 - Terrorism, Crime, and Security
CJUS 441 - Contemporary Criminal Justice
CJUS 461 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice*
CJUS 491 - Comparative Criminal Justice
GEOG 461 - Political Geography
GOVT 320 - International Relations and Politics
GOVT 422 - Middle Eastern Politics
HIST 408 - History of Terrorism
SOCL 451 - Selected Topics in Sociology*

Note: *Selected topics must be appropriately titled and geared for the concentration to apply to the major in question.

Associate Degrees (Associate of Arts)
AA in Paralegal Studies Students enrolled in the Paralegal Program must earn a "C" average or better on all paralegal courses counted toward the degree from the fall semester of 1986 forward. Students who intend to pursue a bachelor's degree are encouraged to see their advisors to ensure that all Paralegal Studies requirements articulate to the Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies. Many Paralegal Studies graduates pursue the Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies as a pre-law program.

Freshman Year
Total Semester Hours: 37

Science Elective - 3
Philosophy Elective - 3

BADM 201 - Legal Environment
ENGL 101 - English Composition I
ENGL 102 - English Composition II
FFND 101 - Freshman Foundations
GOVT 201 - American Government
MATH 113 - College Algebra

MATH 130 - Finite Mathematics or MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference

ORIN 101 - Freshman Orientation
OSBC 102 - Intermediate Keyboarding and Formatting
PLEG 101 - Introduction to Paralegal Studies
PLEG 201 - Administrative Law
PLEG 202 - Civil Procedure and Trials


Sophomore Year
Total Semester Hours: 34

General Elective - 3
Paralegal Electives - 6
Speech Elective - 3

GOVT 301 - State and Local Government
OSBC 307 - Microsoft Excel for Windows (Students must earn "C" or above.)
PLEG 205 - Legal Investigation
PLEG 227 - Torts
PLEG 250 - Legal Research
PLEG 251 - Legal Writing
SOSC 400 - Portfolio

Additional Requirements: 3

Select from the following:

HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648
HIST 121 - World Civilization to 1500
HIST 122 - World Civilization since 1500

Concentrations (Associate of General Studies)
Anthropology 6 additional credit hours in Anthropology as Electives.

ANTH 201 - Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 202 - Physical Anthropology: Origins of Mankind and Culture
ANTH 203 - Archaeology/Prehistory Origins of Society
Criminal Justice CJUS 111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJUS 231 - Criminology
CJUS 241 - The U. S. Correctional System
CJUS 252 - Criminal Law
CJUS 271 - Police and Policing

Mathematics Elective
MATH 113 - College Algebra or MATH 170 - Precalculus College Algebra
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference

Humanities Electives
HIST 201 - American History to 1877
HIST 202 - American History since 1877

Social Science Electives
GOVT 201 - American Government
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
Geography 6 additional credit hours in Geography

GEOG 201 - Physical Geography
GEOG 211 - Cultural Geography
GEOG 221 - Geography of Louisiana
Government 3 credit hours in Government elective
6 credit hours in the same foreign language
6 credit hours of free electives

GOVT 201 - American Government
GOVT 240 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
GOVT 301 - State and Local Government
GOVT 350 - Introduction to Public Administration

Mathematics Elective
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference

Humanities Electives
HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648

Social Science Electives
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology
SOCL 201 - Introductory Sociology
Philosophy All 15 credit hours of Philosophy taken as electives

9 credit hours of Philosophy courses numbered 300 or higher

PHIL 102 - Critical Thinking
PHIL 201 - Introduction to Philosophy
Sociology 6 credit hours in the same foreign language
6 credit hours of free electives
Plus 6 credit hours in Sociology electives

SOCL 201 - Introductory Sociology
SOCL 211 - Social Problems
SOCL 311 - The Family

Mathematics Elective
MATH 231 - Elementary Probability and Statistical Inference

Humanities Elective
HIST 101 - European History to 1648
HIST 102 - European History since 1648

Social Science Electives
GOVT 201 - American Government
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology