Apr 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Criminal Justice

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Lieberman, Joel D.

(1997), Professor; B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona.   

Graduate Coordinator

Lu, Hong

(1998), Professor; LL.B., Law School, Fudan University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Arizona State University.     

Graduate Faculty

Hangawatte, Karu

(1984), Assistant Professor; LL.B. University of Ceylon; M.A., Ph.D., University of New York at Albany.

Hart, Timothy

(2006), Assistant Professor; B.A., University of Florida; M.A., University of Memphis, Ph.D., University of South Florida.

Kennedy, M. Alexis

(2005), Associate Professor; B.A., University of Toronto; LL.B., University of Manitoba; M.A., Ph.D., University of British Columbia.

Madensen, Tamara D.

(2008), Assistant Professor; B.A., M.A., California State University, San Bernardino; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati.

Miethe, Terance D.

(1993), Professor; B.A., Western Washington State College; M.A., Western Washington University; Ph.D., Washington State University.

Shelden, Randall G.

(1977), Professor; B.A., California State at Los Angeles; M.A., Memphis State University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Sousa, William H.

(2004), Associate Professor; B.A., Stonchill College; M.S., Northeastern University; Ph.D., Rutgers University.

Troshynski, Emily I.

 (2011), Assistant Professor; B.A., University of St. Thomas; M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a broad-based graduate program leading to the Master of Arts degree. The program addresses issues of crime and criminal justice within an analytical framework and emphasizes theory and research and their implications for social policy. The curriculum is grounded in the social and behavioral sciences and in legal approaches to crime and social control. It draws from contemporary research and theoretical developments across a spectrum of academic disciplines.

The graduate program in criminal justice offers two degree options. The Traditional Master of Arts degree is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in the field and in related areas of the social and behavioral sciences. Those who obtain this degree may also assume teaching positions at the community college level. The Professional Master’s degree is designed to serve the needs of professionals currently working in justice-related agencies by providing the knowledge and skills to enhance their performance in current positions and/or prepare them for career advancement. Both degrees require a minimum of 36 semester hours of study. Students enrolled in the Traditional Master of Arts degree track are required to complete a scholarly thesis. Students seeking the Professional Master’s degree must pass a comprehensive examination. 


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