Political Science, Criminal Justice & Organizational Leadership

The Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership at NKU gives students the background they need to become engaged citizens while preparing them for careers or professional schools, particularly law school.

With several unique programs of study -- political science, criminal justice, public administration, organizational leadership and international studies -- our department attracts a wide range of students.

Explore Your Opportunities

Our programs provide opportunities for students to:

  • Understand the intricate web of politics and government
  • Study law enforcement and the judicial process
  • Develop managerial skills for jobs in public administration and organizational leadership
  • Prepare for careers in foreign service or international business

We invite you to explore our website to find out more. If you still have questions, please contact us at psc@nku.edu

Online Programs

Criminal Justice (Major, Minor or Focus)

NKU's Online CJ program ranked 25th on the list of Best Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice Programs of 2016.
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Organizational Leadership (Major, Minor or Focus)

Political Science (Minor or Focus)

Presidential Politics

Ask NKU Features Michael Baranowski, Associate Professor, Political Science, Criminal Justice & Organizational Leadership.  Full podcast below.

Listen to the podcast here on Soundcloud.

A.L.I.C.E. Training: Our committment to ensure a safe place to work, learn and enjoy.

In response to recent national events, Northern Kentucky University is pleased to offer a new program to all faculty, staff, and students to raise awareness and help prepare individuals on how to respond to potential violent encounter.

The A.L.i.C.E. program will empower and educate the NKU community on how to handle and survive a critical violent event on campus. The program provides a basic history of school shootings, the motivation of these offenders, and provides options on how to respond if a violent shooter enters your building, office, or classroom. These options include: how to lockdown and barricade, evacuate, and counterattack depending on the dynamics of the situation. A discussion of how the university police will respond to such an incident will also be presented


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