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Criminology and Criminal Justice Faculty
Location: Building 51, Room 2310Phone: (904) 620-1724 Web Address: http://www.unf.edu/coas/ccj/
Dr. David R. Forde, Chair
of Criminology & Criminal Justice offers a variety of programs in the
social sciences. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal
Justice and offers a minor in Criminal Justice as well. The Department also
offers a Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice.
of Criminology & Criminal Justice seeks to provide its students with the
theoretical, practical and ethical foundations for understanding crime and the
criminal justice system in its social context. The faculty is committed to
excellence through the development of focused and relevant scholarship. Through
excellence in research and teaching in the areas of law creation, crime,
deviance and societal responses to law violation, students develop a greater
understanding of the challenges of social control and its dynamic processes.
Participation in research and internships assures relevance to current practice
and further prepares students to apply their knowledge in the field, to conduct
critical analyses, and to undertake policy development and implementation.
Students at the graduate level receive advanced instruction in research methods
and theory, helping students develop professional skills for direct employment
or more advanced study. Rigorous commitment to peer-review and collegiality
help assure that an ethic of continuous-improvement and self-reflection govern
all departmental processes.
Criminology & Criminal Justice Major
undergraduate degree program in Criminology & Criminal Justice is
broad-based in nature, stressing the interrelationships between the various
components of the criminal justice system — police, courts, corrections — and
familiarizing students with each of these components and their theoretical
bases. The program also recognizes and builds upon the interdisciplinary nature
of the field it seeks to address. Criminal justice draws together all
the social and behavioral sciences, the natural sciences, the mathematical and
computer sciences, and law and jurisprudence to focus on the problem of crime
in society. Indeed, accreditation guidelines for post-secondary criminal
justice education programs clearly specify that the curricula “must give
explicit recognition to the multi-disciplinary character of the field.” The UNF
program is designed to comply with that standard.
There are no specific Criminology & Criminal Justice prerequisites at the
lower level, although STA 2014 (Elementary Statistics) is a prerequisite to CCJ
3700 (Research Methods in Criminology & Criminal Justice), and CCJ 2002
(Crime in America) is recommended as a preparatory course for the major.
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& Criminal Justice education is one of the most rapidly growing fields in
higher education today. Public concerns about crime, and the dramatic expansion
of the criminal justice system in recent decades, have spurred a proliferation
of courses in this field in colleges across the country. Jobs that did not
exist two decades ago – such as victim advocates or police computer mapping
specialists – continue to develop. There is a growing demand for persons with
graduate level education in all sectors of the system. The Master of Science in
Criminal Justice at UNF provides an opportunity for advanced academic work in
this expanding field of study.
interdisciplinary field, Criminology & Criminal Justice draws together all
the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematical and computer
sciences, history, law and jurisprudence to focus on the problem of crime in
society. The MSCJ program at UNF is vitally concerned with the
interrelationship between theory, practice and research. The program emphasizes
the acquisition of professional skills that will enable students to keep
abreast of new research and developments in the field long after they have
completed their formal studies.
Criminology & Criminal Justice Faculty
R. Forde, Professor & Chair Lisa V.
Cherbonneau, Assistant Professor
Miller, Associate Professor
Alicia H. Sitren,
Brenda A. Vose,
Wesely, Associate Professor
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