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
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice.

Minors are also available in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science

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.

The FVSU Criminal Justice program offers a variety of opportunities for students to fulfill the program’s required internship. For a list of offices and institutions that have previously cooperated with the university in offering these internships, click here.

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

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:

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.

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

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:


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