Degree Programs 2018-06-12T09:46:16+00:00

Degree Programs

The baccalaureate program provides a full complement of Criminal Justice courses. Additional course work is taken in Sociology, Psychology, and Political Science. Each year in the spring the Criminal Justice program sponsors a Job Fair where representatives from various Criminal Justice agencies and occupations from a number of different states set up booths and interview students for possible employment.

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Pre-law and Paralegal Studies Concentration: The purpose of the PLPS concentration is to establish a pre-law and paralegal studies focus of concentration within the criminal justice program and to offer the entire program in an online forum. The Concentration offered in Pre-law and Paralegal Studies at NSU provides a well-rounded liberal arts degree with a legal focus of study. Those who successfully complete this Concentration will be better able to transition into post graduate legal study or for the student desiring to move directly into the legal field in a support position in paralegal employment.

Pre-law and Paralegal Studies Concentration Requirements: The NSU Pre-law and Paralegal Studies Concentration is a seven-course, 21-hour focused concentration of pre-law study within the B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. Students completing this concentration and degree requirements will graduate with a B.A. Criminal Justice, with a Concentration in Pre-law and Paralegal Studies. Students desiring to add this concentration may do so by contacting the Registrar’s office to make this change in their curriculum.

Pre-law and Paralegal Studies (250B): (21 semester hours) to include 15 semester hours from PLPS 3020, 3030, 3040, 3050, and 3070, and (6) six semester hours of PLPS electives selected from PLPS 3010, 3060, and 3080. (PLPS 3050 is substituted in place of C3350; PLPS 3070 is substituted in place of CJ4250.)

Pre-Law and Paralegal Studies Minor
Pre-Law and Paralegal Concentration
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The current Occupational Outlook Handbook clearly demonstrates the need for not only more UPSA professionals, but for better-prepared applicants. NSU can help you prepare for entry into federal, state and local agencies.

The very dangerous, continually increasing and evolving threats to homeland security and cybercrime have mandated a new need for public safety professionals. The now very vocal, urgent demand is for specialized interpersonal and analytical skills, and contemporary, state-of-the-art perspectives on the scientific, social, and informational concentrations involved in efficient and effective intelligence gathering, policing, fire services and emergency medical services, correctional analysis, hazardous materials handling, emergency management, proactive planning, security services, and other public safety arenas. The UPSA Degree provides the skills necessary to meet the demands of the future.

The objective of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to acquire a broad quality-based education and the specific conceptual and research knowledge necessary to be productive practitioners in the Unified Public Safety Administration field.

The UPSA degree has four concentrations:

  • Fire and Emergency Medical Service Administration
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Emergency Management Administration
  • Public Facilities Management

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The Northwestern State University Master of Science in Homeland Security (HS) is designed to provide an analysis and understanding of the emerging challenges of globalization and our “new world order,” transnational security issues that present global implications; informed theories, regarding the causes and control of International and Domestic Terrorism; the identification and interorganizational characteristics of terror groups and transnational organized crime; an appreciation for the sensitive balance between constitutional issues and homeland security; network security, cyberwarfare, cyberforensics, and countermeasures; the significant challenges of intelligence analysis, executive leadership, diplomacy, rationality, and ethics; counterterrorism, covert operations and advanced criminal investigation; and conflict resolution, intervention strategies, and de-escalation.

Master of Science in Homeland Security Course Descriptions
Master of Science in Homeland Security Degree Checklist catalog starting Fall 2018
Master of Science in Homeland Security Degree Checklist catalog prior to Fall 2018
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The Master of Arts in Adult Education is designed as a mid-career or career transition program for the design, management, and delivery of adult learning in community, industrial, or educational settings. This program began in 1994 as a 15-hour concentration within the Master of Education degree, and became a Master of Arts degree in 2005. The proposal at hand maintains the core of adult learning and development while allowing a structured flexiblity for mid-career learners to concentrate in one of three areas: continuing education, homeland security, or technology administration.

MA In Adult Education Homeland Security Concentration Course Checklist
MA In Adult Education Homeland Security Course Rotation (Coming Soon)

History describes, interprets, and explains the past actions and experiences of individuals, groups, and societies to better understand the present. The undergraduate major and minor in History seek to broaden and deepen a student’s understanding of the past and present from a multi-cultural perspective. Besides mandatory coursework to strengthen skills and provide background, students may elect to take a wide variety of European, American, and non-Western surveys and specialized topics courses. A degree in History prepares a student for a variety of career options including government, business, law, education, library and archives, and local history as well as advanced study in graduate school.

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Certificate Programs

Pre-law and Paralegal Certificate of Completion Program: The NSU Pre-law and Paralegal Studies Certificate Program is an eight-course, 24-hour course of study designed to be completed in two years. Students may enroll at the beginning of any semester and the courses need not be taken in order. The courses are taught by attorneys and will prepare the students to work in most legal venues. Enrollment is open to anyone with a high school diploma. ACT scores are not necessary. Students completing the program will receive a Certificate signifying their completion of the program.

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Northwestern State University’s Post Graduate Certificate in Global Security and Intelligence (GSI) is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the education obtained at the Graduate level. The Certification program is designed to build on the background achieved at the graduate level and capitalize on the work experience of the student.

All classes involve the mandated development and mastering of analytical thinking, problem-solving, questions of rationality, and a broad understanding of challenging, fundamental and advanced, homeland security and program issues, ultimately applied to real world scenarios.

Global Security and Intelligence Course Descriptions
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