Home of the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice
Welcome to the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice at Edinboro University. Here you will find information about the department and our programs in political science, criminal justice, and legal studies. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to call, e-mail, or stop by our office in Hendricks Hall.
Professor Elvage Murphy
Chair, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice provides its political science and criminal justice students a rigorous and supportive learning environment and is distinguished by our focus on:
- Individual attention to student success;
- Commitment to diversity;
- Promoting responsible citizenship;
- Responding proactively to the evolving needs of the broader community; and
- Providing the highest quality academic programs and co-curricular educational experiences as well as cultivating and maintaining an environment conducive to promoting excellence among our students.
About the Department
The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice houses the University’s programs in political science, criminal justice, and legal studies.
Our Department and its programs are distinguished by its outstanding faculty members who possess wide-ranging expertise in politics and international affairs, law, policing and criminal investigation, forensic science, corrections, and criminology.
In addition, faculty members combine academic expertise with real-world experience as forensic scientists, criminal investigators, probation officers, criminal and civil attorneys, political analysts, and political activists.
Fascinating and challenging courses
The Department offers a broad range of challenging courses that cover all areas of political science (American politics, international relations, comparative politics, political theory, law and politics, and public administration), criminal justice (policing, criminal investigation, criminal prosecution and defense, corrections, forensic science, homeland security, and criminology), and law (constitutional law and civil liberties, criminal law and procedure, and jurisprudence).
The Department of Political Science and Criminal justice, housed in Hendricks Hall possesses enviable facilities, including high-tech classrooms, a forensic crime scene investigation laboratory, a computer forensics lab (which also serves as a training center for Pennsylvania law enforcement), student resource center and employer recruitment office.
Valuable internship opportunities
Students have the opportunity to serve in an internship for academic credit. The Department’s internship program has great success in exposing students to all facets of the political system, criminal justice system, and legal profession.
Active student organizations
The Department’s students participate in a wide range of student organizations, including Model United Nations, Model NATO, Alpha Phi Sigma (the national honor society for criminal justice students), Criminal Justice Club, Student Government Association, and The Spectator (the University newspaper).
A record of alumni success
Graduates from the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice have found success in all parts of their chosen fields. For example, Edinboro graduates work as lawyers, elected officials, campaign managers, legislative staff, police officers, federal law enforcement agents, criminal investigators, computer forensic investigators, probation officers, prison managers, college professors, and high school teachers.