Pre-Law: History/Political Science

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Accomplished Social Sciences Faculty


Samantha Christiansen
Assistant Professor of History

Kathleen P. Munley
Professor of History

Thomas Jackson
Professor of Political Science

Alexander Vari
Associate Professor of History

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Comprehensive Social Sciences

The student who majors in Comprehensive Social Sciences will:

  1. acquire knowledge of major interpretations of the social sciences;
  2. engage in the specific modes of inquiry of the social sciences and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research;
  3. participate effectively in discussion, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. respond actively and effectively to the challenges of contemporary society, relating the study of social sciences to current affairs;
  5. empathize with human emotions and values and understand the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse ethnic and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientation.


Competency in the range of social science fields provides the individual with a background for graduate study and/or a variety of careers in contemporary society. A professional option in sociology prepares the student for a career in social service and/or further graduate study.

Upon completion of the program, the Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded with a major in Comprehensive Social Sciences along with a professional component, if chosen, in Sociology.

For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

All students enrolled in the Comprehensive Social Sciences Degree Program must take a common core of three courses (9 credits) as follows:

SSCI 351 Social Research
3
SSCI 454 Computer Applications in Social Research
3
SSCI 465 Coordinating Seminar in the Social Sciences
3

All programs require 126 credits for graduation.

Comprehensive Social Sciences (General)

(54 credits)


The following courses are required:

ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
GEOG 210 Principles of Geography
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History Since 1865
3
HIST XXX Developing World Elective
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3
PS XXX Political Science Elective
3
SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 214 Social Problems
3
SOC 218 Anthropology
3

An additional 15 credits in Social Science electives are also required.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Comprehensive Social Sciences/Sociology

(54 credits)


The following courses are required:

ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
HIST 252, 253 or 320 U.S. History
3
HIST XXX Developing World Elective
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3
PS XXX Political Science Elective
3

An additional 9 credits in Social Science electives are also required.
21 credits in Sociology chosen from the department’s offerings.
The program requires 126 credits for graduation.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Sociology (54 credits)


A. 30 credits (10 courses) in Sociology:

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 214 Social Problems (3)
SOC 218 Anthropology (3)
SOC 318 Social Theory (3)
SOC 351 Social Research (3)
SOC 454 Computer Applications in Social Research (3)
SOC 460 Internship in Applied Sociology (3)
SOC 465 Senior Seminar in Sociology (3)

Two of the following:

SOC 215 Media and Society
SOC 303 Criminology
SOC 315 Studies in Urbanization

B. 12 Credits (4 courses) in electives from the following:

SOC 219 Drugs in American Society (3)
SOC 212 Violence and Peace (3)
SOC 304 The Social Networks of Crime, Health, and Society (3)
SOC 305 Social Movements, Collective Behavior and Disasters (3)
SOC 350 Medical Sociology (3)
SOC 399 Special Topics (3)
SOC 405 Deviant Behavior in Society (3)
SOC 410 Race, Crime & Poverty in America (3)
SOC 411 The Family (3)
SOC 499 Independent Study and Research (3)

C. 12 credits (4 courses) of cognate courses:

ECON 100 Basic Economics (3)
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity (3)
PS 210 American Government and Politics (3)
PSYC 211 General Psychology (3)

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Criminal Justice

The student who majors in Criminal Justice will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of American criminal justice institutions, including law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections;
  2. engage in the formal modes of inquiry which are used to understand problems of crime and social control and engage in honest and effective research on these matters;
  3. participate effectively in the discussion of contemporary issues in American criminal justice, exercising respect and critical thinking when analyzing the opinions of others and tentativeness when formulating one’s own conclusions;
  4. respond actively and effectively to the challenges confronting American criminal justice institutions relating the insights of the field to current issues;
  5. empathize with the human condition of members of the criminal and public populations served by criminal justice institutions, displaying respect for and an understanding of the social and cultural characteristics of the diverse populations served.


The Criminal Justice major prepares the student for a career and/or graduate study in the field of criminal justice. For those who wish to enter the labor market upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, the program provides excellent preparation for careers in law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, and probation and parole. Internships with local, state and national criminal justice agencies are available to qualified majors providing specific preparation for future employment. For students who wish to pursue further education in criminal justice, the program offers advanced standing in the Marywood graduate program in Criminal Justice, permitting qualified students to complete a master’s degree in Criminal Justice in their fifth year of study at the University.

Four-Year Degree Program in Criminal Justice (54 credits)


A. 27 credits (nine courses) in Criminal Justice:

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 220 Law Enforcement
3
CJ 303 Criminology
3
CJ 319 Criminal Law and Procedure
3
CJ 351 Social Research
3
CJ 433 The American Prison
3
CJ 454 Computer Applications in Social Research
3
CJ 460 Criminal Justice Internship
3
CJ 465 Coordinating Seminar in Criminal Justice
3

B. 15 credits (five courses) in electives from the following:

CJ 101 Shadow and Service
3
CJ/BIOL 105 DNA Forensics
( may be taken to satisfy LA science requirement)
3
CJ 200 Introduction to the Legal System
3
CJ 201 The Juvenile Justice System
3
CJ 206 Community Corrections
3
CJ 219 Drugs in American Society
3
CJ 224 Criminal Investigation 3
CJ 302 White Collar Crime 3
CJ 322 Criminalistics and the Crime Lab
3
CJ 330 Prosecuting Criminal Cases
3
CJ 405 Deviant Behavior in Society
3
CJ 410 Race, Crime and Poverty in America
3
CJ 425 Children’s Rights and Societal Responses
3
PSYC 440 Forensic Psychology  
*CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
*CJ 522 Criminology
3
*CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice
3
*CJ 576 Corrections
3
LE 318 Family Law
3
SOC 411 The Family
3

*CJ 500 graduate electives. Up to 12 graduate credits may be taken by CJ undergraduate students who have been accepted into the five-year CJ Masters program in the fourth year (UG) of their program. These courses are also open to seniors enrolled in the regular four-year undergraduate program with QPA of 3.0 or better and the CJ Program Director’s permission. For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education

The History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education Program prepares students for a teaching career in secondary schools. The program has received national recognition from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the premier national accrediting body for programs in education. In accord with the standards of the National Council for the Social Studies, students who major in History/Social Sciences: Secondary Education will acquire the knowledge, capabilities, and dispositions to organize and provide instruction at the appropriate school levels for the study of the social sciences. These studies include:

  1. culture and cultural diversity
  2. time, continuity, and change
  3. people, places, and environment
  4. individual development and identity
  5. individuals, groups, and institutions
  6. power, authority, and governance
  7. production, distribution, and consumption
  8. science, technology, and society
  9. global connections
  10. civic ideals and practices.


Certification for the teaching of history at the secondary level is available through programs coordinated by the Social Sciences and Education Departments. The program requires a minimum of 126 credits for graduation. Students are also required to maintain a portfolio of their work in the required courses listed below and take the PRAXIS examinations required for certification to teach secondary social studies in Pennsylvania. Students are encouraged to become members of and participate in the activities of the Marywood chapter of the Pennsylvania Education Association and the National and Pennsylvania Councils for the Social Studies. See Marywood Department of Education for a description of admission and retention criteria and further course requirements.

Upon completion of the program, the bachelor of arts degree is awarded with a major in History/Social Science: Secondary Education.

Students desiring to pursue an education degree must have and maintain a minimum QPA of 3.00 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 3.00.

History/Social Science: Secondary Education (72 Credits)


Forty-eight credits (16 courses) are required in the Social Sciences Department.

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 218 Anthropology
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3
PS 211 State and Local Government
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
GEOG XXX Elective
3
HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World 3
HIST 252 U.S. History to 1865
3
HIST 253 U.S. History Since 1865
3
HIST 350 Ancient and Medieval World History
3
HIST XXX Modern Europe
3
HIST XXX Modern America
3
HIST XXX Modern Developing World
3
SSCI 411 Curriculum and Methods in Secondary Social Studies
3

Specific courses from the Department of Education (27 credits)

EDUC 000 Field Experience
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­12 1
EDUC 100 Introduction to Education
.5
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education
.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
 SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 367* Behavioral and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 411A* Effective Instruction in Secondary & K-12 Education
3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 442 Student Teaching
12
EDUC 561*
Methods, Materials & Assessment of ELL
3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

History

The student who majors in History will:

  1. acquire knowledge of history of the major global areas and of the major historical interpretations regarding those areas;
  2. engage in modes of inquiry of history and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research in the field of history;
  3. participate effectively in discussion of historical issues, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. analyze the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse national, ethnic, and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientations;
  5. analyze the impacts of economic and social forces on historical development of nations and world regions and on the global community;
  6. relate historical knowledge to current affairs, responding to the challenges of contemporary society with well-informed effectiveness;
  7. identify the influence of human emotions upon historical development and demonstrate empathy with the common aspirations of members of the human community.


For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

History Major Requirements (51 credits)


History (42 credits)


A. Core (24 credits):

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
(also fulfills a Liberal Arts core requirement in History)
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History since 1865
3
HIST XXX Global history 100/200 level
3
HIST 460A Seminar I
3
HIST 460B Seminar II 3

B. Electives (18 credits):

Select six history courses (18 credits) from 300 and 400 level history offerings, including at least one course in each of the following areas:

American
European
Developing World

Social Sciences Cognate Courses (9 credits)

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
PS 210 American Government and Politics
3

Note: One of these courses is taken to fulfill the liberals Arts, Category IV Social Sciences requirement.

Total Credits: 51 credits
Total Credits with Liberal Arts: 91 credits

Additional credits to fulfill University graduation requirement of at least 126 credits may be taken in open electives from any department.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

History/Political Science

The student who majors in History/Political Science will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of the history and political systems of the major world areas and of the major historical and political interpretations regarding those areas;
  2. engage in the modes of inquiry of history and political science and pursue purposeful, honest, and effective research in the fields of history and political science;
  3. participate effectively in discussion of historical and political issues, exercising respect and critical thinking in analyzing opinions and tentativeness in formulating opinions and conclusions;
  4. analyze the cultural characteristics and accomplishments of diverse national, ethnic, and religious groups, recognizing and appraising the values implicit in their specific orientations;
  5. analyze the impacts of economic and social forces on political and historical development of nations and world areas and on the global community;
  6. relate historical and political knowledge to current affairs, responding to the challenges of contemporary society with well-informed effectiveness;
  7. identify the influence of human emotions upon historical development and demonstrate empathy with the common aspirations of members of the human community.


History/Political Science (66 credits)


30 credits (10 courses) in History

A. Core (24 credits):

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World 3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
HIST 105 Ethnicity and Diversity in the Modern World
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History since 1865
3
HIST XXX Global history 100/200 level
3
HIST 460A Seminar I
3
HIST 460B Seminar II 3

B. History Electives (6 credits):

At least 6 credits (2 courses) at 300/400 level, choosing from two of the following areas: American European, or Developing World.

Twenty-one credits (7 courses) in Political Science

PS 210 American Government and Politics 3
PS 211 State and Local Government 3
PS 314A American Political Thought I 3
PS 314B American Political Thought II 3
PS 315 Constitutional Law I 3
PS 316 Constitutional Law II 3
PS 321 Voting, Elections, and Political Parties 3
PS 325 The American Presidency 3
PS 327 The United States and Contemporary Geopolitics 3
PS 400 Comparative Governments 3
PS 410 Special Topics in Government and Politics 3
PS 425 Seminar 3
PS 499 Independent Study 3

C. Six credits (2 courses) in Social Sciences

ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
SOC 211 Introduction to Sociology
3

(or another Sociology course)

D. Nine credits (3 courses) in Electives, from Social Sciences Departmental offerrings.

Pre-Law Option


A Pre-Law Option is available to students majoring in History/Political Science/ Pre-Law. Students should take the following two courses (6 credits). These courses are counted under the nine credits in electives, leaving the Pre-Law student one open elective to complete this area.:

A. Two courses (6 credits) in Pre-Law Options

PL 200 Introduction to Law
3
PL 210 Legal Reasoning
3

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.

Retention in the program is based on the student’s maintaining an overall minimum QPA of 2.00, as well as a QPA of 2.33 in the concentration area.

The John R. Lenahan, Sr. Esq. Scholarship Award for excellence in Pre-Law studies is awarded to a student who is either enrolled in the History/Political Science Pre-Law major of the Social Sciences Department or pursuing another University major and completing the Pre-Law option offered by the Department of Social Sciences with the intent of pursuing a career in law. The scholarship is awarded in either the fall or spring semester of the senior year at Marywood University.

Social Sciences Department Minors

The department offers 18 credit minors in Comprehensive Social Sciences, Criminal Justice, Forensics, Forensic Accounting, History, Public History, Political Science, Pre-Law, and Sociology.

Comprehensive Social Sciences Minor

To minor in Comprehensive Social Sciences a student must select six courses from the following:

ECON 100 Basic Economics
3
HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History Since 1865
3
HIST XXX Developing World Elective
3
PS 210 American Government
3
PS 211 State and Local Government
3
SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 214 Social Problems
3

Criminal Justice Minor

To minor in Criminal Justice a student must complete:

CJ 100 General Criminal Justice
3
CJ 220 Law Enforcement
3
CJ 333 Criminology
3
CJ 351 Social Research
3
CJ 433 The American Prison
3
CJ XXX Elective
3

Forensics Minor

To minor in Forensics a student must complete:

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ/BIOL 105 Forensic Analytical Techniques
3
CJ 220 Law Enforcement
3
CJ 322 Criminalistics and the Crime Lab
3
CJ 324 Criminal Investigation
3
PSY 440 Forensic Psychology
3

Forensic Accounting Minor

To minor in Forensic Accounting a student must complete:

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 324 Criminal Investigation
3
BUS 130 Introduction to Accounting
3
BUS 331 Intermediate Accounting I
3
BUS 332 Intermediate Accounting II
3
BUS 433 Auditing Principles & Procedures
3

History Minor

To minor in History a student must complete:

HIST 100 Roots of the Modern World
3
HIST 101 Global History of the Twentieth Century
3
HIST 252 United States History to 1865
3
HIST 253 United States History Since 1865
3
HIST XXX Developing World Elective
3
HIST XXX Elective
3

Public History Minor

To minor in Public History a student must complete:

PH 180
Introduction to Public History
3
PH 281
Museum Studies
3
PH 382 Theory in Public History
3
PH 383
Digital Techniques in Public History
3
PH 484
Archival Techniques and Grant Writing
3
PH 485
Field Experience in Public History
3

Political Science Minor

To minor in Political Science a student must complete six Political Science courses, including:

PS 210 American Government and Politics (recommended)
3
PS 211 State and Local Government
3
PS 314 American Political Thought
3
PS 320 Voting, Elections, and Political Parties
3
PS XXX Electives
9

Pre-Law Minor

To minor in Pre-Law a student must complete eighteen (18) credits which include:

PL 200 Introduction to Law
3
PL 210 Legal Reasoning
3
PS XXX Electives
12

Sociology Minor

To minor in Sociology a student must complete:

SOC 211 Introductory Sociology
3
SOC 214 Social Problems
3
SOC 351 Social Research
3
SOC XXX Three Electives
9