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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Helms School of Government

Administration

Shawn D. Akers, B.A., M.A., J.D.
Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Government

Ronald Miller, B.A., M.S.
Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Stephen M. Parke, B.S., J.D., LL.M.
Associate Dean, Helms School of Government
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Faculty

RESIDENTIAL - FULL-TIME
Professor
Bowers; Buzzy; Murphy; Samson

Associate Professor
Akers; Ferdon; Fischer; Metallo; Parke; Witham

Assistant Professor
Cox; Martin; Miller; Milnor

DISTANCE EDUCATION - FULL-TIME
Assistant Professor
Buckner; DeBoer; Fox; Hedrick; McMillan; Orr; Pang; Pyle; Sanders; Smylie; Soto; Sutton; VanHeemst; Whitehurst

Instructor
Bragg; Duff; Godwin;;Venturo; Wine; Zuidema, B.; Zuidema, R.


PURPOSE
The Helms School of Government offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Arts degrees, with majors in Government, International Relations and Criminal Justice; minors in Government, International Relations, Criminal Justice, Strategic and Intelligence Studies and Western Legal Traditions; and concentrations in International Relations, Politics and Policy, International Politics and Policy, Strategic and Intelligence Studies and Western Legal Traditions (Pre-Law). The curriculum encourages students to approach their chosen professions as opportunities for Christian Service and equips students with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in conducting the business of government, politics, policy making, public administration, public safety and military service. The goal of the curriculum is to produce action-oriented students who are able to understand and articulate the Biblical roots of our religious, economic, and political liberties, and, thus, to equip them to become highly qualified leaders in their chosen career fields.

INTERNSHIPS
Knowledge becomes wisdom when a student takes the theory of the classroom and applies it in the context of the real world. To that end, our students are encouraged to apply for an internship in their field of study. The Helms School of Government is actively placing our students in positions at the White House, offices of elected officials, military and government intelligence agencies, and conservative political organizations. Internships are also available at the state and local government level as well at federal and state criminal justice agencies.

Applicants must satisfy the 2.50+ GPA requirement and successfully complete the rigorous screening process prior to placement. The program is designed to keep the student on track for graduation and qualify for financial aid programs.

PARTNERSHIPS
In addition, in order to provide motivated students with unique educational opportunities, the Helms School of Government also partners with the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy, the School of Engineering and Computational Sciences, and the School of Communication.  These partnerships are in place to set students apart and better prepare them for employment. 

CENTER FOR PRE-LAW STUDIES
The Center for Pre-Law Studies uniquely incorporates a biblical worldview to prepare future law students for success.  Everything, from academic programs to competing teams, to lecture series and extracurricular offerings, is designed to help students prepare for, and succeed in, law school.  The Center for Pre-Law Studies also provides resources to assist students in the law school application process including choosing law schools, preparing for the LSAT, and crafting a winning personal statement. More information is available on the website at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/helmsschoolofgovernment/prelawstudies.


Career Opportunities

Criminal Justice  
Criminologist Insurance Investigator
Customs Service Inspector Police Officer
Customs Special Agent Deputy Sheriff (County)
Detective State Police
Federal Agent (various: CIA, DEA, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service, etc) Parole/Probation Officer
Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
Fraud Investigator Military Service
   
International Relations  
Diplomat Foreign Service Officer
Policy Institute Analyst Intelligence Analyst
   
Politics and Policy  
Chamber of Commerce Manager Political Scientist
City Manager Politician
Community Organizer Public Administrator
Legislative Analyst Urban Planner
Political Consultant  
   
Strategic and Intelligence Studies  
Federal Agent Intelligence Analyst Foreign Service Officer Diplomat
   
Western Legal Traditions (Pre-Law)
Attorney Politician
Judge Legislation Analyst Public Administrator Federal Agent
   

DRESS CODE
The Helms School of Government requires its faculty and students to maintain a neat, well-groomed, and professional appearance. The standards in this code apply to all 300 and 400 level classes and exams, as well as school-wide functions held within the Helms School of Government. More information can be found online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19738.

DEGREE COMPLETION PLANS (DCP)
Degree Completion Plans for degree programs offered by the Helms School of Government can be found online at: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=2981.
 


Criminal Justice Major (B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Criminal Justice major is to provide a foundational understanding of the history, philosophy, and practical issues that impact our criminal justice system in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.  Students will stand out as Christ-centered - moral, ethical, and value driven men and women with the skill sets necessary to excel as leaders in courts, corrections, and policing in all jurisdictions.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the nature of the criminal justice system from a biblical worldview.
  2. Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.
  3. Demonstrate competence in the discipline of criminal justice.
  4. Solve various criminal justice dilemmas.
  5. Evaluate substantive and procedural criminal law from a Constitutional perspective.

Program of Study

Criminal Justice Major (B.S.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Courses in the Major (36 hrs)
CJUS 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 230 Criminal Justice Research and Writing 3
CJUS 300 Administration of Justice Organizations 3
CJUS 310 Juvenile Justice 3
CJUS 320 Corrections 3
CJUS 330 Judicial Process 3
CJUS 340 Criminology 3
CJUS 350 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
CJUS 400 Criminal Law 3
CJUS 410 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
CJUS 420 Criminal Investigations I 3
GOVT 480 Terrorism 3
Directed Courses (required) (6-18 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3*
GOVT 220 American Government 3*
Choose two of the following courses: 6
CJUS___ Elective
ACCT___ Elective
BUSI 301, 310, 340, or 342
GOVT ___ Elective (300-400 level) Except: 301, 302, 330, 332, 333, 334, 335, 337, 340, 350, 403, 405, 425, 430, 440, 451, 490, or 492
PSYC - 101*, 210*, 305/306, 317, 361, 406, 430 , or 475
Free Electives (15-19 hrs)
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 30 hours must be 300-400 level.

Government Major (B.A./B.S.)

PURPOSE
The purpose of the Government major is provide a firm foundation in biblical principles of civic government, ensure correct historical education in American government at all levels; and training in limited government, political theory, law, and political and economic ideals.  The major is intended to inspire and produce action-oriented students who will become Christ-centered statesmen, leaders, scholars and policy makers and thus equip them to become highly qualified leaders in their chosen career fields capable of impacting the world.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the nature and role of government from a biblical worldview.
  2. Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.
  3. Integrate ethical and values-driven decision making in government scenarios.
  4. Evaluate political or government related dilemmas.

International Relations Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate dilemmas in geopolitical and international relations.
  2. Recognize and apply major fundamental concepts of international relations to international relations dilemmas/practices.

Politics and Policy Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate comparative political and economic theories as they relate to the field of Government
  2. Demonstrate the ways in which domestic and international political and policymaking processes interact.

Western Legal Traditions Concentration

  • The student will be able to apply western legal traditions concepts to practice-based scenarios.


Programs of Study

Government Major (B.A.) International Relations Concentration
General Education Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Concentration Courses (21 hrs)
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 440 Political Geography 3
GOVT 445 International Law 3
Choose four of the following courses: 12
GOVT ___ Elective (300-400 level)
HIST ___ Elective (300-400 level)
FREN 304 Francophone Civilizations/Cultures
SPAN 304 Civilization and Culture of Latin America
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
Free Electives (0-1 hr)
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 45 hours must be 300-400 level.
Government Major (B.A.) Politics and Policy Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (27 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Concentration Courses (21 hrs)
GOVT 301 Ancient Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 302 Modern Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 320 American Executive Processes/Institutions 3
GOVT 322 American Legislative System 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
Free Electives (0-1 hr)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 45 hours must be 300-400 level.
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
Government Major (B.A.) Western Legal Traditions Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (24 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 345 Jurisprudence 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
CJUS 400 Criminal Law 3
GOVT 346 Legal Research and Writing 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 422 American Constitutional Law 3
PHIL 210 Logic 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GOVT 477 Trial Advocacy
GOVT 478 Appellate Advocacy
COMS 335 Argumentation 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
Free Electives (0-1 hr)
* These approved General Education courses may be counted in Core Competency Requirements
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Government Major (B.S.) Politics and Policy Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (21 hrs)
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Concentration Courses (24 hrs)
GOVT 301 Ancient Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 302 Modern Political and Economic Ideas 3
GOVT 320 American Executive Processes/Institutions 3
GOVT 322 American Legislative System 3
GOVT 327 State and Local Government 3
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3*
Free Electives (12-16 hrs)
* These approved General Education courses may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 42 hours must be 300-400 level.
Government Major (B.S.) Western Legal Traditions Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (59-63 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (18 hrs)
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Concentration Courses (27 hrs)
CJUS 400 Criminal Law 3
GOVT 345 Jurisprudence 3
GOVT 346 Legal Research and Writing 3
GOVT 422 American Constitutional Law 3
PHIL 210 Logic 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
GOVT/CJUS ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GOVT 477 Trial Advocacy
GOVT 478 Appellate Advocacy
COMS 335 Argumentation
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)*
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
Free Electives (12-16 hrs)
* These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 39 hours must be 300-400 level.

International Relations Major (B.A.)

PURPOSE
The International Relations major takes a broad approach to the disciplines of economics, law, philosophy, and geography with the purpose of mastering the study of relationships among countries, peoples, and comparative governments.  There will be a bifurcation in which the student branches into further studies in either international politics and policy, or strategic and intelligence studies.  It is necessary to study a foreign language.  Developing skills in research, critical thinking, and communications, the student will study global issues from a Christian perspective and gain the ability to impact a world crying out for salt and light.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the nature and role of government from a Biblical worldview.
  2. Integrate ethical and values-driven decision making in government scenarios.
  3. Communicate effectively in both written and oral formats.
  4. Demonstrate competence in the basic principles of international relations.
  5. Evaluate dilemmas in geopolitical or international relations.
  6. Recognize and apply major fundamental concepts of international relations to international relations dilemmas/practices.

International Politics and Policy Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate comparative political and economic theories as they relate to the field of international relations.
  2. Demonstrate the ways in which domestic and international political and policy-making processes interact.

Strategic and Intelligence Studies Concentration

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broader intelligence community and the intelligence cycle.
  2. Integrate strategic and intelligence considerations in multiple contexts.
  3. Evaluate research and form analyses on critical intelligence issues.

Programs of Study

International Relations Major (B.A.) International Politics and Policy Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the Major (30 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 440 Political Geography 3
GOVT 480 Terrorism 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
GOVT 492 Senior Seminar 3
Concentration Courses (18 hrs)
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 405 Political and Economic Development 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
GOVT 445 International Law 3
GOVT/HIEU/HIWD/LANG ___ Electives (300-400 level) 1 6
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3
Free Electives (0-1 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 45 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

LANG courses must be for Latin America, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, or Asia

International Relations Major (B.A.) Strategic Intelligence Studies Concentration
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (53-57 hrs)
Liberal Arts Focus:
Language Requirements (12 hrs) [Must be one language]
Integrative Studies (6 hrs)
Core Courses in the major (27 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3*
GOVT 210 Introduction to Political Science 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History 3
GOVT 440 Political Geography 3
GOVT 480 Terrorism 3
GOVT 490 Political Theory 3
Concentration Courses (21 hrs)
GOVT 380 Introduction to Intelligence 3
GOVT 381 Intelligence Analysis 3
GOVT 382 History of Intelligence 3
GOVT 483 Military Intelligence 3
GOVT 484 Strategic Intelligence 3
GOVT ___ Elective (Choose from GOVT 380-389 or 480-489) 3
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GOVT 385 NDU/NIS Symposia I
GOVT 386 NDU/NIS Symposia II
Directed Courses (Required) (0-3 hrs)*
MATH 201 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3*
Free Electives (0-1 hrs)
TOTAL HOURS: 120 hours minimum required; at least 45 hours must be 300-400 level.
*These are approved General Education courses and may be counted in the Core Competency Requirements.

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREES

The Helms School of Government offers the Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice or Government.  This two-year degree program combines Criminal Justice or Government courses with General Education courses and graduation requirements.  Graduates of this program may request transfer of their courses in to a bachelor’s degree program at Liberty.


Criminal Justice Major (A.A.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the basic criminal justice process.
  2. Evaluate the nature and causes of crime as they relate to biblical worldview principles.
  3. Apply basic principles of criminal law.
  4. Identify and evaluate the sources of criminal law in the American system.

Program of Study

Criminal Justice Major (A.A.)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (47-51 hrs)
Courses in the Major Core (18 hrs)
CJUS 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 320 Corrections 3
CJUS 330 Judicial Process 3
CJUS 340 Criminology 3
CJUS 400 Criminal Law 3
CJUS/GOVT/PSYC Elective 3
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
OR
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology
TOTAL HOURS: 65 hours minimum required.

Government Major (A.A.)

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
The student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the nature and role of government from a biblical worldview.
  2. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the discipline of government.
  3. Demonstrate basic analytical skills and the ability to communicate ideas in written format.

Program of Study

Government Major (A.A.) (18 hrs)
General Education: Core Competency Requirements (47-51 hrs)
Courses in the Major (18)
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
GOVT/CJUS Elective (upper level) 3
GOVT ___ Electives (upper level) 9
Directed Courses (Required) (0-6 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
SOCI 200 Introduction to Sociology 3
TOTAL HOURS: 65 hours minimum required.

MINORS

The Helms School of Government offers six minor programs of study ranging from 15 to 18 hours in Criminal Justice, Government, International Relations, Politics and Policy, Strategic and Intelligence Studies, and Western Legal Traditions.


Criminal Justice Minor

Criminal Justice Minor (15 hrs)
CJUS 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 340 Criminology 3
CJUS ___ Electives (300-400 level) 9

Government Minor

Government Minor (15 hrs)
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise 3
GOVT 220 American Government 3
GOVT ___ Elective (300-400 level) 3
Choose two of the following courses: 6
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History
GOVT 490 Political Theory

International Relations Minor

International Relations Minor (18 hrs)
GOVT 330 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3
GOVT 340 International Relations 3
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy 3
Choose three of the following courses: 9
GOVT 332 Politics of Europe
GOVT 334 Politics of Latin America
GOVT 335 Politics of Asia
GOVT 337 Politics of the Middle East
GOVT 405 Political and Economic Development
GOVT 440 Political Geography
GOVT 445 International Law
GOVT 480 Terrorism
Note: GOVT 200 is a prerequisite for all upper level GOVT courses.

Politics and Policy Minor

Politics and Policy Minor (15 hrs)
GOVT 350 Political Economy and Public Policy 3
Choose four from the following courses: 12
GOVT 320 American Executive Processes/Institutions
GOVT 322 American Legislative System
GOVT 327 State and Local Government
GOVT 328 American Political Processes
GOVT 360 Introduction to Public Administration
GOVT 425 American Foreign Policy
NOTE: GOVT 200 is a prerequisite for all upper level GOVT courses.

Strategic and Intelligence Studies Minor

Strategic and Intelligence Studies Minor (15 hrs)
GOVT ___ Strategic Intelligence Electives (300-400 level) 6
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GOVT 200 Constitutional Government and Free Enterprise
GOVT 220 American Government
Choose two from the following courses: 6
GOVT 380 Introduction to Intelligence
GOVT 381 Intelligence Analysis
GOVT 480 Terrorism

Western Legal Traditions Minor

Western Legal Traditions Minor* (18 hrs)
Choose two of the following courses: 6
GOVT 345 Jurisprudence
GOVT 346 Legal Research and Writing
PHIL 210 Logic
Choose one of the following courses: 3
COMS 335 Argumentation
GOVT 477 Trial Advocacy
GOVT 478 Appellate Advocacy
Choose one of the following courses: 3
GOVT 421 American Constitutional History
GOVT 422 American Constitutional Law
Choose one of the following courses: 3
BUSI 301 Business Law
COMS 484 Communication Law and Ethics
CJUS 400 Criminal Law
CJUS 410 Constitutional Criminal Procedure
GOVT 445 International Law
GOVT 470 Government Regulation of Business
SMGT 305 Sport Law


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