Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of Government

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program is designed to prepare students for a working career in justice administration and or an academic career in criminal justice research and management. Upon completion of SFA's rigorous criminal justice curriculum, students will be marketable to all three components of criminal justice: the police, the courts, and correction. SFA's criminal justice program strives to provide both pre-service and in-service students with an extended knowledge of the institutions and processes within the criminal justice system. The CJ program seeks to provide the analytical tools, analytical thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities necessary for deeper insight into those institutions and processes, including the problems of administration. The program seeks to equip all CJ majors with the real-world tools they will need to succeed in the field of criminal justice, whether as practitioners, attorneys, or academics.

Political Science

An education in political science informs and enlightens students on the most important aspects of public policy over which people and nations struggle and disagree. Students study classic texts as well as the latest research findings on state and local government, parties, elections, the executive, the legislative, and judicial systems, as well as international organizations, conflict, war, and other aspects of political interaction. Rounding out a strong curriculm, the program prepares students for law school, opportunities to do social-scientific research through the department's Center for Applied Social Research, and study abroad options. Students who concentrate in political science traditionally have pursued careers in business, law, government, teaching, journalism, and research.

Public Administration

The undergraduate public administration program provides a liberal arts education to the career-oriented student. Public administration involves the implementation of public policy by civil servants within an official government's executive framework. Public administrators manage nearly every aspect of public service at the federal, state, and local levels, offering the opportunity to help shape the future. SFA is one of only five Texas universities that offer and undergraduate program in public administration. Graduates of the program will have the credentials necessary for careers in government, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree is a professional public affairs degree that prepares individuals to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal governments, as well as in nongovernmental relief-oriented and development-orientated organizations. The degree focuses on the systematic investigation of executive organizations and management. Instruction includes the roles, development, and principles of public administration; public policy management and implementation; the relations between organizational management and legislators; the public and non-profit budget process and financial management; administrative law; personnel management; professional ethics; and appropriate research methods.