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Core Course Descriptions

SOCI 103: Introduction to Criminal Justice

An introduction to the criminal justice system, including police, courts, correctional facilities and community based corrections.

MATH 125: Fundamentals of Statistics OR MATH 225: Biostatistics

Exploratory data analysis and statistical inference including graphical summaries of data, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. (Biostats: Descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, non-parametric methods, chi-square tests, regression and correlation methods, and analysis of variance.)

PHIL 213: Epistemology

This course introduces students to the central issues in contemporary epistemology (the study of knowledge). Students will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, learn to develop and defend arguments, and practice justifying their views. Topics include the analysis of knowledge, skepticism, theories of epistemic justification, alternative approaches to traditional epistemology, and varieties of knowledge.

COMM 423: Communication and Evidence

This course guides students in answering a series of questions: 1) What constitutes evidence in various contexts? 2) How do scholars and practitioners treat evidence in building an argument? 3) What does the nature of evidence and argumentation suggest about a postmodern age? 4) How is evidence assessed? 5) How may evidence be presented persuasively and ethically in varied public communicative contexts? Students will engage in analytic and performative assignments to demonstrate their mastery of course content.