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The Miles College Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences acknowledges as its mission the delivery of an academic program in the social sciences, which promotes the development of student competence in the fields of study provided by this Division.

The outcome desired is that of a student educated in the liberal arts, who has developed verbal and critical acumen, diverse cultural perspectives, sensitivity to social issues and technological competence, which prepare him or her for professional growth, career success, quality of living, and community service.

Division Chair: Digambar Mishra, Ph.D.


Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Program prepares students to be competent compassionate professionals who function knowledgeably in all aspects of the criminal justice system and concomitant fields. The Criminal Justice Program also prepares students for further study in academic and other specialized settings.

CJ 300: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System [Credit Hours: 3] This course teaches criminal justice as a system consisting of interaction between three main components: police, courts and corrections. Its focus is on investigation, arrest, prosecution, trial, conviction, sentencing, incarceration, and community supervision.
CJ 310: Crime and Criminality [Credit Hours: 3] This course teaches students how to analyze causes and impact of crime/delinquency and criminal/delinquent behavior. Prerequisite CJ 300
CJ 320: Criminology [Credit Hours: 3] This course describes theories dealing with both functional and conflict perspectives on crime and criminal behavior. Prerequisite CJ 300
CJ 330: Criminal Justice and Public Policy [Credit Hours: 3] Students will learn about the formation and implementation of public policy; the roles of major governmental institutions in policy-making, and their impact on the criminal justice systems. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 340: Criminal Justice Administration [Credit Hours: 3] This course describes administrative aspects of three main components of the justice system: police, courts, and corrections. It also examines the organization and management of police, judicial, and correctional agencies. Prerequisite CJ 300
CJ 350: Criminal Justice Statistics [Credit Hours: 3] This course introduces statistical methods that emphasize the application of descriptive and inferential techniques to criminal justice data and research. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 360: Criminal Law [Credit Hours: 3] Students will learn about the development of criminal law, elements of criminal offense, types of offenses and defenses, case analysis and legal terminology. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 361: Criminal Evidence [Credit Hours: 3] This course explains the system of rules and standards, state and federal, by which admission of proof at trial is regulated. Prerequisite CJ 300, 360
CJ 370: Criminal Procedure [Credit Hours: 3] Students will learn the process used to convict and punish. They will learn to analyze the legal steps of criminal proceedings, from investigation through punishment. Prerequisites: CJ 300 and CJ 370
CJ 380: Juvenile Delinquency [Credit Hours: 3] This course describes juvenile delinquency in modern society. Students will learn of the nature, scope, causes, treatments, and reaction to juvenile delinquency. They will evaluate various delinquency prevention and diversion programs. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 390: Police Community Relations [Credit Hours: 3] Students will learn about the relationship between the police and the public. The course will focus on problem areas such as crime prevention programs, communications, community participation, and police discretion. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 400: Probation, Pardon, and Parole [Credit Hours: 3] This course explores probation, pardon and parole systems in the United States. It emphasizes pre-sentence investigation, classification, offender selection, supervision and administration. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 410: Criminalistics—an Overview [Credit Hours: 3] Students will explore the relationship between physical sciences and the administration of criminal justice. They will learn about the identification and application of types of physical evidence involving analysis and comparison (laboratory component included). Prerequisites: CJ 300, 361, 370
CJ 410L: Criminalistics—Lab [Credit Hours: 0] Laboratory observations will help students become familiar with the instruments that are used to determine what and how much of an element may be present in a sample of evidence. The knowledge that is gained through the laboratory observations of an AAS, and other machines in use, will provide the students with a working knowledge of how forensic technology is used to quantify heavy and trace metals in forensic samples and how a forensic scientist uses technology to solve crimes.
CJ 420: Constitutional Law [Credit Hours: 3] Learners study constitutional law as it relates to law enforcement. It also includes a study of Supreme Court decisions affecting law enforcement officers, right to counsel, search and seizure, due process, and civil rights. Prerequisite CJ 300
CJ 430: Juvenile Justice [Credit Hours: 3] This course describes specialized agencies and procedures developed to deal with juveniles. It emphasizes the juvenile court system and emerging philosophy. Prerequisites: CJ 300 and CJ 380
CJ 440: Ethics and the Criminal Justice System [Credit Hours: 3] Students explore philosophical questions regarding societal control, crime, and deviance. Topics include criminalization, theories of punishment, exercise of discretion, prediction of behavior, corruption, concepts of justice, and research ethics. Prerequisite CJ 300
CJ 450: Police Administrative Organization and Behavior [Credit Hours: 3] This course presents functional and structural approaches to organization. It includes behavioral study administration, organizations, and individuals. Students will also learn about the effect of group and peer dynamics on decision-making. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 460: Criminal Justice Research Methods [Credit Hours: 3] Students learn about research methods that apply to the field of criminal justice. They learn elementary re- search design and descriptive statistics. This course is designed to enable students to interpret data (e.g., Uniform Crime Reports and demographic studies) commonly used in field. Prerequisites: CJ 300 and CJ 350
CJ 465: Senior Research Seminar [Credit Hours: 1] This course provides supervised experiences in a criminal justice setting. Students will learn to integrate theory with practice while observing criminal justice professionals. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 470: Women in Criminal Justice [Credit Hours: 3] Students will learn about women in criminal justice: women as professionals, women as offenders, and as victims. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 475: Youth Gangs: Violence and Intervention [Credit Hours: 3] This course presents an analysis of youth gang history and describes the characteristics of gang members. It includes gang violence and the effects of youth gangs on society. The theories, practices and various approaches to youth gang intervention are reviewed. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 480: Correctional Laws and Institutions [Credit Hours: 3] This course is a study of prisoner rights, the rights of ex-offenders., and correctional institutions and organizations. Prerequisite: CJ 300
CJ 485: Practicum/Internship in Criminal Justice [Credit Hours: 3] This is a supervised experience in a Criminal Justice setting where students integrate theory, knowledge, and practice. The internship will require a research paper at the end of the semester. 122 clock hours Prerequisite: CJ 300

The mission of the History Program is to provide an education of the mind in the rigorous study of history, that will give to students pre-professional skills in historical content, analysis and interpretation and oral and written communication.

HI 101: World Civilizations [Credit Hours: 3] An interdisciplinary approach to the study of world history from prehistoric times, this course examines basic old world cultures of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It emphasizes how such phenomena as nationalism, industrialism, colonialism, cultural diffusion, and international tensions have shaped world cultures.
HI 102: World Civilizations II [Credit Hours: 3] This course approaches world cultures from the standpoint of the twentieth century. It emphasizes the way pre-twentieth century sources have shaped the twentieth century. It also provides a critical examination of such major events as the two world wars, "Third World," anti-colonial revolt, the rise of a "Fourth World" of the have- not nations and the impact of the scientific revolution on world cultures. Study trips abroad may be planned. Prerequisite: HI 101
HI 301: American History I [Credit Hours: 3] This course surveys American history from English colonization to the close of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Prerequisites: HI 101 and HI 102
HI 302: American History II [Credit Hours: 3] This is a survey of American history from 1877 to the present. Prerequisites: HI 101, HI 102 and HI 301
HI 303: Alabama History [Credit Hours: 3] This course deals with the regionalist character of the state and itss s role in American history from the period of colonial settlement to the 20th Century. Prerequisites: HI 301 and HI 302
HI 308: African American History [Credit Hours: 3] This course surveys the role of African Americans in United States history. It emphasizes slavery as well as economic, political, social, and cultural developments. Prerequisites: HI 301 and HI 302
HI 320: Early American History [Credit Hours: 3] This course covers the age of exploration and colonization as well as developments leading to the American Revolution, 1492-1783. It emphasizes the contribution of the era to American political, social and intellectual tradition. Prerequisites: HI 301 and HI 302
HI 321: Nineteenth Century America [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 322: Twentieth Century America [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 323: American Urban History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 324: Women in Modern America [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 326: The Civil Rights Movement in America [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 330: Ancient Europe [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 331: Medieval-Early Modern Europe [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 332: Modern Europe [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 333: European Intellectual History, 1700-Present [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 341: Latin American History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 342: Asian History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 343: East Asian Civilization [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 350: Thinking and Writing about History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 408: Southern History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 412: African History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 450: History of the U.S. Foreign Policy [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 451: Special Topics – European History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 452: Special Topics – Non-Western History [Credit Hours: 3]
HI 453: Special Topics – Comparative History [Credit Hours: 3]
Political Science
PS 201: Introduction to American Government [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 300: Introduction to Political Science [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 301: India – Government and Politics [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 302: Public Policy [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 303: State and Local Governments [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 305: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 306: Municipal Government [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 400: Public Law and Judicial Process [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 401: Comparative Government [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 403: Non-Western Political Systems [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 404: International Relations and Politics [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 405: Political Ideologies [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 406: Political Theory [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 410: Public Administration [Credit Hours: 3]
PS 416: Public Administration Internship [Credit Hours: 3]
Social Work Program

Table 1: 2017-2018 Result for Assessment of Competency Outcomes Measure (T=25)
Table 2: 2017-2018 Results for Assessment of Competency Outcomes Measures (T=17)
Table 3: Results for Assessment of Practice Competencies for Measures 1 and 2 (FPPAI and FCAI)

Assessment of Learning Outcomes 2021

SWK 301: Social Work Practice I [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 302: Social Work Practice II [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 303: Social Work Practice III [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 304: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 305: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 306: Social Welfare Policy and Services I [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 307: Social Welfare Policy and Services II [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 308: Child Welfare [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 309: Social Services for Exceptional Children [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 310: Social Work with the Aged [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 312: Social Work in the Health Care Settings [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 313; Substance Abuse [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 314: Introduction of Mental Health [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 315. Introduction to Family Therapy [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 316: Family Violence [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 317: Social Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 319: Social Work with Diverse Populations [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 320: Ethics in Social Work Practice [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 410: Applied Social Research [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 415: Electric Writing for Generalist Practitioners [Credit Hours: 3]
SWK 416: Field Practicum and Seminar I [Credit Hours: 1]
SWK 417: Field Practicum and Seminar II [Credit Hours: 1]
International Studies Program (Minor)



Public Policy Leadership Academy
Miles College Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence
Criminal Justice Honors Society
Pi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society
Social Work Club