PSC has introduced a new Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, enrolling students for the fall ’02 semester.
The program is designed to prepare students to enter a variety of career fields that require a blend of professional knowledge and technical skills, framed in a respect for ethical behavior and grounded in critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. This is a multi-discipline major that will draw on resources from a number of different academic departments.
“The faculty at Plymouth has developed a unique program that is challenging and designed to help students gain an understanding of others so that they may assume leadership roles in the several fields of endeavor that the program will serve,” says Professor David Kent, chair of the Criminal Justice Council overseeing the interdisciplinary program. “Students will have analytical skills that will make them unique among students going on to graduate work or entering their careers.”
The need for a criminal justice program became apparent as the admissions office noted that criminal justice had become the most requested program that PSC didn’t offer. The College administration knew that there was a high demand for colleges like PSC to offer such a program, and as Kent notes, “My background as a lawyer and a district court judge made this an appropriate program for me to work on.”
The council’s challenge was to develop a team of faculty from various fields who share a common vision of what the curriculum should include and to develop a program that would challenge the best students. “Because the program is a B.A., it seeks to develop the whole person, while including the necessary professional skills and competencies, but is not vocationally based,” says Kent.
Students in the criminal justice program will take courses such as forensics and anthropology, foreign language, sociology, psychology, philosophy, ethics and computer courses exploring the resources and software used by the law enforcement community. Graduates of the program will be prepared to eventually find careers or pursue graduate work in law, law enforcement, government, court administration, forensic science and criminology among other fields.
For more information visit www.plymouth.edu/psc/criminal_justice