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History, Geography, Political Science & Criminal Justice

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in education, politics, government, law, or law enforcement, the Fort Valley State University Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice is the place for you.

The Department currently has over 200 majors pursuing degrees and nine full-time faculty members with various research interests. To date, departmental faculty members have authored nine books, published numerous scholarly articles and book reviews, and contributed to major reference works. They have served as consultants, presented papers at national professional conferences, and served on the editorial boards of academic journals.

In addition, the Department has designed its programs to meet the needs of both traditional and non-traditional students. Classes offerings are provided during the day, in the evening, and on the web.

The Criminal Justice and Political Science programs are available as a fully online program. For more information, go to online.fvsu.edu or call: (478) 825-6338.

For more information on the degrees offered by the Department, please see the program details page, or consult the individual degree requirements pages on the right-hand menu.

If you have specific questions or need information not available on the web site, please contact Ms. Bass at:
Departmental Phone: 478-825-6230
Fax Number: 478-825-6161
Email: bassv@fvsu.edu

Fred R. van Hartesveldt
Department Chair
Room 134, Horace Mann Bond Building
(478) 825-6230
Email: hartesvf@fvsu.edu

  • The Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice currently offers three four-year degree programs: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Political Science, and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice. Minors are also available in Criminal Justice, Geography, History, and Political Science, and a Master of the Arts (M.A.) is available in History. Further information on all programs (by field) may be found below.


    Criminal Justice

    Students who major or minor in Criminal Justice position themselves for a myriad of opportunities in the workforce: among the lengthy list of career options are employment in areas such as law enforcement, the court system, and corrections.

    Law enforcement careers may be sought at organizations such as municipal police departments; sheriff's offices; state agencies like the Georgia Bureau of Investigation; and federal agencies like the U.S. Marshal's Service, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Careers in the court system that may be sought are that of judge; defense attorney; prosecutor; law clerk; paralegal; clerk of courts; and stenographer just to name a few. Moreover, all of these positions are available on both the state and federal levels.

    Lastly, careers in the arena of corrections include, but are not limited to, prison warden; corrections officer; probation officer; and parole officer and, likewise, these positions are also available on both the state and federal levels.

    For complete Degree or Minor Requirements in Criminal Justice, please click below for a copy of the program balance sheets:


    Geography

    While the department does not currently offer a degree program in Geography, a minor is available to interested students.

    For Minor Requirements in Geography, please click below for a copy of the minor balance sheet:



    History

    Employment options for students who chose to study History are nearly limitless. Graduates with a B.A. in History often obtain state certification to teach at all levels in the state school system. A B.A. in History also prepares you for work in fields such as diplomatic services, intelligence or defense-related work, journalism, and records or archives management in either the public or private realm. Since the study of history is based on reading and analyzing documents then communicating the knowledge gained to others, a history degree prepares students for jobs ranging from high-level data analysis to educating the public at museums or historical parks. These same skills are necessary requirements for a career in government or politics, where a firm grasp of issues is necessary to create effective policy. The B.A. in History can also prepare students for careers that require additional education. For example, by honing research skills a history degree provides an excellent foundation for a career in the law, whether as a practicing attorney, a paralegal, or a judicial clerk.

    Students interested in these varied career opportunities have a choice at Fort Valley State University. The history program offers two tracks for the B.A. in History: a General Track and an African American and Diaspora Studies Track. The General Track provides students with a solid grounding in both western and non-western history by requiring students to take a certain number of courses in several different areas. The African American and Diaspora Studies Track provides a degree that is multi-disciplinary and more intently focused on the African and African American Experiences.

    The Department also offers an M.A. in History for students seeking a graduate education. The Master of Arts in History provides a flexible approach with traditional classes and/or independent study and distance learning leading to a graduate degree. It offers choice of three tracks of specialization and both a thesis and non-thesis option. It is intended to provide a foundation for seeking a terminal degree in the field and to supply the background needed for teaching and other professions. A major objective is to have graduates with an understanding of the development of their society, culture, and government. In large measure, our history defines us both individually and collectively, and so studying the past allows us to understand ourselves and our society more completely. History is the fountainhead of all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, and a gateway to very fulfilling careers in fields such as government, civil society, industry, law, and law enforcement. For complete admission requirements, please visit the web site of the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Education.

    For complete Degree or Minor Requirements in History, please click below for a copy of the program balance sheets:


    Political Science

    The B.A. in Political Science covers the five broad subfields of Political Science—American National Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Public Administration, and Political Theory/Research Methods. Students take some required courses in each of these subfields, in addition to elective courses from the subfields in which they wish to develop special competencies.

    For complete Degree or Minor Requirements in Political Science, please click below for a copy of the program balance sheets:


  • Administrative Support


    Ms. Bass

    Valeria Bass

    Administrative Asst.
    Office: 139 Bond Building
    Department Phone: 478-825-6230
    Fax Number: 478-825-6161
    Email: bassv@fvsu.edu


    Criminal Justice Faculty


    Dr. Martin

    Preston Martin, J.D.

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
    Office: 144 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6665
    Email: martinp01@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * CRJU 3003 - Juvenile Justice Systems
    * CRJU 3010 - Criminal Law
    * CRJU 3020 - Criminal Procedure
    * CRJU 3030 - Evidence
    * CRJU 4020 - Mock Court
    * CRJU 4070 - Criminal Justice Seminar
    * CRJU 4080 - Practicum/Seminar

    Curriculum Vitae


    Mr. Qualls

    Michael Qualls, M.A.

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
    Office: 153 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6863
    Email: qualls@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * CRJU 2000 - Intro. to Criminal Justice
    * CRJU 2001 - Report Writing for CJ Professionals
    * CRJU 2010 - Ethical Issues in the CJ System
    * CRJU 3000 - Basic Law Enforcement
    * CRJU 3004 - Theories of Criminal Behavior
    * CRJU 3005 - Community Policing
    * CRJU 3016 - Forensic Science I
    * CRJU 3017 - Forensic Science II
    * CRJU 3020 - Criminal Procedure
    * CRJU 3025 - Theories & Development of Juvenile Gangs
    * CRJU 3030 - Evidence
    * CRJU 3031 - Domestic & International Terrorism
    * CRJU 3050 - Police Administration
    * CRJU 3100 - Criminal Investigations
    * CRJU 3111 - Women in the Criminal Justice System
    * CRJU 4100 - Private Security

    Curriculum Vitae


    Mr. Trimble

    Julius Trimble, M.A. (Ph.D. in progress)

    Temporary Full-Time Instructor of Criminal Justice
    Office: 152 Bond Building
    Phone: 822-1950
    Email: trimblej@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * CRJU 2010 - Ethical Issues in the CJ System
    * CRJU 3004 - Theories of Criminal Behavior
    * CRJU 4070 - Criminal Justice Seminar
    * CRJU 4080 - Practicum and Seminar

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Vyas

    Ashwin Vyas, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
    Office: 143 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6638
    Email: vyasa@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * CRJU 2000 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
    * CRJU 2001 - Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
    * CRJU 3000 - Basic Law Enforcement
    * CRJU 3105 - Alternatives to Incarceration

    Curriculum Vitae


    Geography Faculty


    Dr. Osondu

    Iheanyi Osondu, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Geography
    Office: 150 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6671
    Email: osondui@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * GEOG 1230 - Intro. to Physical Geography
    * GEOG 1231 - Intro. to World Regions
    * GEOG 1232 - Intro. to Meteorology
    * GEOG 2576 - Intro. to Geographic Information Systems
    * GEOG 3300 - Geography & Geology of Georgia
    * GEOG 3302 - Economic Geography
    * GEOG 4401 - Population Geography
    * GEOG 4405 - Geography of North America

    Curriculum Vitae


    History Faculty


    Dr. Bellamy

    Donnie Bellamy, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus of History
    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Brown

    Canter Brown, Jr., J.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of History
    Office: 226 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6156
    Email: brownc@fvsu.edu
    Fields of Interest:

    * Southern United States History
    * Legal History
    * African American History
    * Religious History
    * Frontier History
    * Florida History

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Dumbuya

    Peter A. Dumbuya, Ph.D., J.D.

    Professor of History
    **On Leave**
    Office: 148 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6318
    Email: dumbuyap@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 1111 - World Civ. to 1500
    * HIST 1112 - World Civ. since 1500
    * HIST 2111 - US History to 1865
    * HIST 2112 - US History since 1865
    * HIST 3309 - History of West Africa
    * HIST 3360 - History of Africa to 1850
    * HIST 3365 - History of Africa since 1850
    * HIST 4060 - Topics in African History
    * HIST 4408 - Constitutional History of the United States

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Herd-Clark

    Dawn Herd-Clark, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of History
    Office: 127 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6657
    Email: clarkd01@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 2112 - US History since 1865
    * HIST 3310 - Black American History
    * HIST 3312 - Women in America
    * HIST 3320 - Oral & Family History Seminar
    * HIST 3350 - Intro. to Historical Research
    * HIST 4409 - Early 20th Century U.S.
    * HIST 4411 - Recent U.S. History
    * HIST 4415 - Civil Rights Movement

    Curriculum Vitae


    Ms. Locks

    Ms. Catherine Locks

    Temporary Full-Time Instructor of History
    Office: 141 Bond Building
    Phone: 827-3679
    Email: locksc@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 1111 - World Civ. to 1500


    Dr. Lutz

    Christine Lutz, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of History
    Office: 151 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-1928
    Email: lutzc@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 1112 - World Civ. since 1500
    * HIST 3340 - Narratives of the Black Atlantic
    * HIST 3350 - Intro to Historical Methods
    * HIST 3366 - South Africa
    * HIST 3550 - Women & Gender in World History
    * HIST 3600 - Africans in the Americas

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Smith

    Mark A. Smith, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of History
    Office: 149 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6667
    Email: smithm01@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 1112 - World Civ. since 1500
    * HIST 2111 - US History to 1865
    * HIST 2181 - Honors US to 1865
    * HIST 2112 - US History since 1865
    * HIST 3370 - Colonial America
    * HIST 3380 - Revolution & New Nation
    * HIST 3400 - U.S. Military History
    * HIST 4300 - Jacksonian America
    * HIST 4401 - The Civil War and Reconstruction Era

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. van Hartesveldt

    Fred R. van Hartesveldt, Ph.D.

    Professor of History and Department Head
    Office: 134 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6666
    Email: hartesvf@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * HIST 1112 - World Civ. since 1500
    * HIST 2112 - US History since 1865
    * HIST 3303 - Tudor-Stuart England
    * HIST 3304 - Modern England
    * HIST 3305 - Renaissance and Reformation
    * HIST 3306 - Modern France
    * HIST 3330 - Military History
    * HIST 4410 - Modern Europe
    * HIST 4420 - Dev. of Science & Medicine
    * HIST 4500 - Capstone

    Curriculum Vitae


    Political Science Faculty


    Dr. Fields

    Meigan M. Fields, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Honors Program
    Office: 228 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6634
    Email: fieldsm@fvsu.edu
    Courses Taught:

    * POLS 1101 - American Government
    * POLS 3305 - Women in Politics
    * POLS 3320 - Public Administration
    * POLS 3350 - Seminar in Political Science
    * POLS 4401 - Public Policy Analysis
    * POLS 4403 - Comparative Politics
    * POLS 4405 - International Relations

    Curriculum Vitae


    Dr. Murtagh

    Jerry A. Murtagh, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Professor of Political Science
    Office: 140 Bond Building
    Phone: 825-6230
    Email: jmurtagh@bellsouth.net
    Courses Taught:

    * POLS 1101 - American Government
    * POLS 2210 - Introduction to Political Science
    * POLS 3301 - Political Science Research Methods
    * POLS 3312 - Political Behavior
    * POLS 3320 - Public Administration
    * POLS 3330 - Legislative Process
    * POLS 4403 - Comparative Politics
    * POLS 4406 - Political Theory
    * POLS 4408 - Constitutional Development
    * POLS 4440 - The American Presidency

    Curriculum Vitae

  • The Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice is located in the Horace Mann Bond Academic Building on the Fort Valley State University campus. For more information about our degrees, you can view our Degree Offerings.

    Scholarships

    The Department administers the Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy (BPRB) Scholarship Program and is currently working to establish the John W. Blassingame Memorial Scholarship.

    The BPRB Scholarships are funded by donations from voluntary payroll deductions from faculty salaries, alumni, and gifts from various other sources. Recipients must be majors in one of the Social Sciences at Fort Valley State University. These disciplines include those in the Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice, as well as the degree programs offered by the Department of Behavioral Sciences. The awards are made on the basis of academic eminence in the amount of a semester’s tuition.

    In addition, the Department is in the process of instituting the Blassingame Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Yale Scholar, John W. Blassingame, who studied at Fort Valley State University from 1956 to 1960. Once the fundraising for this scholarship is complete, it will follow the same guidelines as the BPRB scholarships.

    The Center for Social Science Research

    The Department also hosts the Center for Social Science Research which was established with Title III funds in the fall of 1999. The Center provides computerized research tools for faculty and students, and it provides outreach services to local governments in Middle Georgia. More recently it has expanded to include the necessary technology to provide access to Geographic Information Services. This supports the most up-to-date approaches to the study of Geography for students and opens new avenues for faculty research.

    Departmental Activities

    The Department also administers the annual Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Social Sciences Colloquium each April. This academic event convenes scholars and students in the Social Sciences from Southeastern U.S. universities and colleges to present papers and interact professionally. The three best student papers presented at the Colloquium are awarded monetary prizes.

    Another event sponsored by the Department in conjunction with the Georgia Humanities Council is the Middle Georgia History Day competition. Middle and high school students present papers, exhibits, documentaries, and performances. Winners in each category advance to the Georgia State History Day.

    Student Organizations

    The Department also has three organizations for students involved in the offered degree programs.

    The Political Science Club takes members on field trips, represents the Department in campus activities, and meets to discuss current events.

    The Criminal Justice Club involves members in the Department’s outreach activities and visits local institutions involved in the practice of criminal justice.

    For history majors, the department maintains a History Students’ Association chapter on campus.

    The Department is also home to the Phi Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society in History and one of the renowned honoraries in American academia.

  • The B.A. in Criminal Justice provides knowledge of the foundations, principles and procedures of the criminal justice system. The program deals with the three components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. All students become acquainted with these areas and with the application of other bodies of knowledge to the criminal justice system.

    This program has the same requirements as the traditional B.A. in Criminal Justice with the exception that online or approved non-credit health and physical education activities will be substituted for the required health and physical education classes in the traditional program.

    Students with the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice should contact Distance Education to find out how their coursework will apply to the requirements for the B.A. in Criminal Justice.

    To apply to the online B.A. in Criminal Justice, complete the application to FVSU online and state on the form that you are a fully online student. Students who are enrolled in fully online classes only will not be required to pay health, student activity, athletic, or technology fees. For every fully online course, students will be charged e-tuition.

    Contact Distance Education for more information about the Online Criminal Justice degree at FVSU.

  • Fort Valley State University’s Master of Arts in History degree is a flexible program for graduate students seeking their terminal degree in the field. Our program offers a wide choice of three specialization tracks, and a thesis and non-thesis option.

    The major objective of this program is to develop competent graduates that have an understanding of the development of American and international society, culture and governments.

    History is the fountainhead of all subjects in the humanities and social sciences. Our historical legacy defines us both individually and collectively. Studying our country and the world’s past allows us to understand ourselves and our society.

    FVSU graduate history classes will provide individuals with a strong foundation in scholarship that’s needed to pursue fulfilling careers in the government, civil society, industry, law and law enforcement.

    Admission Requirements

    1. Required:
      1. Two copies of official transcripts demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
      2. Three letters of recommendation
      3. A personal or professional statement
      4. A resume
      5. Writing sample
    2. Optional:
      1. Submission of a standardized test score (GRE, MAT, or other) is strongly recommended and may be an important consideration.
      2. A personal interview and samples of academic work may be requested, especially if other indicators are weak or a request for an exception is being considered.
    3. In addition, individual programs may provide justification for an exception to the admission requirements on a case-by-case basis. The request for consideration of an exception will be presented to the Graduate Council for approval or rejection.

    Program Description

    The Master’s in History requires 36-credit hours and is typically completed in three or four semesters. The program has three tracks: 1) African-American and Diaspora History; 2) Military History; and 3) General History.

    The course requirements and options are as follows:

    Students will select either the Thesis Option or the Non-Thesis Option and a Track

    Thesis Option
    • HIST 5000 Historical Research and Writing, 3 hours
    • History Courses in Track, 18 hours (including at least one seminar)
    • History Courses Outside Track, 9 hours
    • Thesis, 6 hours
    • Total, 36 hours
    Non-Thesis Option
    • HIST 5000 Historical Research and Writing, 3 hours
    • History Courses in Track, 21 hours (including at least two seminars)
    • History Courses Outside Track, 12 hours (This may include internship or other practical history project as approved by adviser.)
    • Total, 36 hours
    Tracks
    • African American and Diaspora History
    • Military History
    • General (The General Tract is recommended for teachers in the public schools.) For the Thesis Option, students will be expected to take 6 hours each in U.S., European, and African History with the remaining 9 hours to reflect the student’s interests and provide background for the thesis. In the Non-Thesis Option, students will be expected to take 9 hours each in U.S., European and African History, with the remaining 6 hours to reflect the student’s interests

    Student Organizations

    Students are encouraged to join professional organizations such as the Georgia Association of Historians, Southern Historical Association, and the National Association for the Study of African American Life and Culture. On campus student organizations include:

    • The Phi Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society in History
    • The Georgia Omicron Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science
    • The FVSU History Students Association

    Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the annual Banks-Pierro-Rutland-Bellamy Social and Behavioral Sciences Colloquium where they can present their research and participate in the activities of a professional scholarly organization.


    Contact

    For more information about our Master's in History program, please contact:

    Fred R. van Hartesveldt, Chair, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice,
    Location: Room 134, Horace Mann Bond Building
    Telephone: (478) 825-6230
    Email: hartesvf@fvsu.edu


    Valeria Bass, Administrative Assistant, Department of History, Geography, Political Science, and Criminal Justice
    Location: Room 149, Horace Mann Bond Building
    Telephone: (478) 825-6230
    E-Mail: bassv@fvsu.edu

 
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