Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice and Organizational Leadership!

Our department includes more than 1,400 NKU students majoring in undergraduate programs of Criminal Justice, International Studies, Political Science and Organizational Leadership as well as our nationally accredited  Public Administration graduate program.

It's an exciting time to be part of our department. New research opportunities have developed with the addition of new faculty, who are conducting applied research with local governments, non-profit organizations and public agencies. They are also developing regional coalitions, needs assessments, writing grants and writing books that often include students or student philanthropy as the focus of their manuscripts.

Check out what our faculty members are doing in the faculty bios on our website. I encourage you to contact them directly to get involved or seek their assistance. Now is the time to move out of the confinement of our current interests, boundaries and traditional ways of thinking and extend our approaches to defining and discovering new knowledge and new learning opportunities.

You may find such opportunities among the programs and faculty in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.

  • For more information about becoming a political science, criminal justice or international studies major, please contact Professor Caroline Braden at bradenc@nku.edu
  • For more information about becoming an organizational leadership major, please contact Megan Downing at downingm@nku.edu
  • For information about the public administration minor or the Master of Public Administration program, contact Professor Beth DeVantier at devantier@nku.edu.
  • Interested in applying for and participating in an internship? Check out our internship page on the website and contact Professor Caroline Braden at bradenc@nku.edu if you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. Please take some time and visit our web pages for information about our program requirements, scholarships, internships, student groups and faculty.

The department continues to be interested in new ways to challenge and engage its students. Please feel free to stop by our offices on the fourth floor of Founders Hall and share your ideas. We look forward to working with students to make a difference at NKU and with our regional partnerships.


Chair and Professor 
Founders Hall 439 / (859) 572-6402