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Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement

Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement

B.A. Degree

The Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement Program (DJCE) will educate students to examine the world around them critically, though the use of normative and empirical research, as well as hands on experience.  Students will then apply the knowledge and skills they develop to become engaged and informed citizens.  DJCE students will be expected to master these core components of the program: evaluate the advantages, disadvantages and trade-offs of democratic and non-democratic citizenship; to examine these questions in the light of both Western and non-Western thought by studying a wide array of differing points of view; and demonstrate reflective reasoning and ethical action in regards to the need for social justice.  Additionally, students will also be expected to master skills related to performing well within the discipline: to be able to comprehend, assess, and problematize their own beliefs, those of their instructors, as well as wider societal conceptions; critique social research, both their own research and others’; and be able to construct and defend arguments logically.  After completing the program, DJCE students should be prepared for careers and life-long growth in political, legal, or social activist careers, working locally, regionally or globally.


The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) can be met by successfully completing one of the following:

   PSC 399 Citizenship and Service Learning
   SSC 299 Digital Storytelling


Required Liberal Arts Core Courses (10 hours)

   SOC 101 General Sociology 3
   PHI 101 Logic 3
   ESC 110 Introduction to Environmental Science 4

    Degree Specific Requirements (9 hours)

       PSC 101 American National Government and Politics 3
       PSC 203 International Relations
    3
       ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
    3


    Required DJCE Courses (15 hours)

       DJC 201 Understanding Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement 3
       DJC 202 Practicing Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement
    3
       DJC 350 Synthesizing Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement
    3
       DJC 496 Individual or Collaborative Study 3
       DJC 498 Democracy, Justice, and Civic Engagement Senior Seminar
    3


       
    Required non-DJCE Courses (30 hours)

      SOC 202 Social Problems   
      PHI 211 Ethics   
      ENG 338 Rhetoric   
      SOC 340 Collective Behavior and Social Movements   
      SSC 251 Introduction to Social Science Research    
      PSC 306 Politics and Human Rights   
      PSY 201 General Psychology   
      PSC 304 Modern Ideologies   
      PSC 399 Citizenship and Service Learning or SSC 299 Digital Storytelling  
      PSC 300 Research Methods or SOC 470 Social Sciences Research
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3
    3

      Legal, Policy, and Advocacy Electives (select 6 hours from the following):

        CJU 320 Deviance and Social Control   
        PSC 324 US Constitutional Law    
        SWK 320 Social Welfare Policy   
        ECO 315 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics   
        PSC 435 Political Economy of Development   
        PHI 316 Philosophy of Law   
        PSC 440 International Law and Organizations   
        ACC 290 Accounting Practicum   
        ACC 390 Accounting Practicum   
        ACC 490 Accounting Practicum   
        ECO 430 Development Economics   
      3
      3
      3
      3
      3
      3
      3
      1
      1
      1
      3

        Groups, Cultures, and Nationalities Electives (select 6 hours from the following):

          PSC 205 Comparative Government   
          PSY 230  Social Psychology   
          SOC 203 Sociology of US Cultural Diversity   
          HIS 380 Latin American History   
          HIS 382 United States-Latin American Relations   
          REL 151 World Religions       
          SOC 310 Social Class and Inequality   
          REL 245 Religion and Public Life   
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        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3
        3

          Total Hours Required in Major    57