Why Start at IUPUC?

Even if you eventually commute or move to Indianapolis or Bloomington to complete your desired degree, taking as many classes as possible in Columbus is a good choice for many IUPUC students.

Why? You can live at home as long as possible, saving money on rent and commuting. Living at home enables you to take out fewer student loans, thus reducing the amount of loan debt that must be repaid after graduation. If you are employed, you can keep your job while taking classes on a full-time or part-time basis. And if you have family responsibilities, having classes on a campus that is close to home offers maximum convenience.

Always consult with your UCOL advisor about what courses you should take and when.

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Public and Environmental Affairs

You can complete many general education and elective courses required for an Indiana University bachelor's degree in civic leadership, criminal justice, public affairs, policy studies, or sustainable management in Columbus.

You will then transfer to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) to complete remaining required courses for your degree program.

If a earning degree in one of these fields is your educational goal, you will work closely with an academic advisor in University College (UCOL) to develop a personal plan of study for a smooth transfer experience.

SPEA Courses at IUPUC

SPEA-J 101 The American Criminal Justice System (3 cr.)   Introduction to the criminal justice system of the United States and its function in contemporary society.

SPEA-J 150 Public Safety in America (3 cr.)   The protection of persons and property involves a number of public and private organizations. This course examines the roles that agencies working within the fire services, emergency management, criminal justice, and the private security sector play in securing public safety in the United States.

SPEA-J 301 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.)   P: J101. R: J201 and J202. The development, limitations, and application of substantive criminal law utilizing the case-study method.

SPEA-J 305 Juvenile Justice (3 cr.)   P: J101. This course is designed to provide an overview of the justice system’s response to abused, neglected, and dependent children; juvenile misconduct; and delinquent behavior. An extensive review of the development of recent legal changes to the court, options for prevention, treatment of juvenile offenders, and possible system reforms.

SPEA-J 306 The Criminal Courts (3 cr.)   P: J101. R: J201 and J202. An analysis of the criminal justice process from prosecution through appeal. The organization and operation of felony and misdemeanor courts are examined. Topics include prosecutorial decision-making, plea bargaining, judicial selection, and the conduct of trials, sentencing, and appeal.

SPEA-J 321 American Policing (3 cr.)   P: J101. R: J201 and J202. This course will examine the history, evolution, and organization of policing in the United States. Emphasis is placed on such major contemp-orary issues as the police role, discretion, use of force, corruption, accountability, and community policing.

SPEA-J 331 Corrections (3 cr.)   P: J101. R: J201 and J202. This course examines the historical development of the American correctional system and the study of administration of local, state, and federal corrections programs, including jails, probation, community corrections, and prisons. Includes the study of punishment rationales, current correctional policies, and possibilities for reform.

SPEA-V 170 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.)   Broad coverage of public affairs through critical and analytical inquiry into policy making at all levels of government. Particular emphasis on intergovernmental relations as they affect policy in the federal system. Credit not given for both V160 and V170.