Degree Requirements

Primary Core (12 credits)

The four primary core courses:

  • SOCI 103: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • MATH 125: Fundamentals of Statistics OR Math 225: Biostatistics
  • PHIL 213: Epistemology
  • COMM 423: Communication and Evidence

Secondary Core: Major-specific Research and Evidence (3 credits)

One additional course will be chosen from the following set of courses focused specifically on research methods and evidence. Students are required to select a course that fulfills a requirement for their primary major.

  • COMM 422: Communication Research Methods
  • ENGL 312W: Composing and Analyzing Argument
  • ENGL 313W: Writing and Researching in Digital Spaces
  • ENGL 436W: Theories of Persuasive Writing
  • HIST 311W: Writing History
  • JMA 467: Media Research Methods
  • PSYCH 420: Research Methods (Prerequisites: Psych 103 and Math 125 or 225)
  • POSC 427: Quantitative Analysis
  • SOC 201: Sociological Methods I
  • THEO 313: Archeology and the Bible
  • THEO 280: Faith and Reason

Elective Core (3-6 credits)

For those electing a supporting or second major in Forensic Humanities, at least two courses should be chosen. For a minor in Forensic Humanities, completion of one of these courses is sufficient, completing 18 credits for the minor.

  • COMM 304W: Persuasion
  • COMM 402: Argumentation
  • COMM 461: Rhetorical Theory
  • COSC 260: Information Assurance (Prerequisite: COSC 150 or 160)
  • COSC 460: Computer Security
  • MLANG 320W: Stylistics
  • POLSCI 327W : Constitutional Law and Politics, the Powers of Government
  • POLSCI 418: Politics of Civic Problems
  • SOCI 314: American Judicial System
  • SOCI 498/PLCR 597: Urban Investigations/JMA 471: Investigative Reporting

Electives (0- 3 credits)

For students electing a supporting or second major in Forensic Humanities, a second elective core would consist of a number of courses from departments in the liberal arts. See the Forensic Humanities representative for a list of courses.

Additional Considerations

The Forensic Humanities major or minor may overlap no more than 9 credits with another major or minor. That is, 9-21 credits should be unique to the Forensic Humanities major or minor.  The minor or second major/supporting major in Forensic Humanities will be constructed in consultation with a faculty mentor involved with Forensic Humanities or with a faculty mentor from the primary major. Students electing Forensic Humanities as a secondary or supporting major may elect additional courses that meet the spirit of this course of study with approval of a faculty mentor and appropriate rationale for inclusion.