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Citadel News Service
2 Jul 2012

Citadel launches new criminal justice department

In a post 9-11 world where international crime, terrorism and homeland security are common vernacular for today’s college students, a criminal justice degree is in high demand. This fall The Citadel’s criminal justice program will become its own department to better meet the educational demands and needs of students. Previously criminal justice was housed under the department of political science and criminal justice. Now, they will be separate departments.

“The creation of separate administrative units for these popular disciplines,” said Bo Moore, dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, “will provide better organizational frameworks for each of them to expand the educational opportunities available to our students. We’re particularly excited about the prospects of the Charleston area, under the leadership of our new department of criminal justice, becoming a major center of broadly based homeland security studies.”

Martha Henderson Hurley, the chair of the new department, said the new program is both up-to-date and international. “It is not the criminal justice of old. It really is a global criminal justice discipline. And that’s exciting. That’s why people are drawn to it now.” While The Citadel has offered a traditional criminal justice degree for more than 20 years, the new department boasts faculty with expertise in areas such as international organized crime, terrorism, international criminal justice systems, narco-terrorism, international crime, intelligence and homeland security.

The department of criminal justice is a multidisciplinary degree program with offerings at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The student has the option of taking more traditional criminal justice courses along with opportunities in advanced course work in both homeland security and intelligence. Hurley said these options set The Citadel apart. “Most criminal justice programs are a one-size-fits-all approach, she said. “What we’re talking about is something that’s really tailored to the individual.” Graduates, undergraduates, active duty and veteran students can all earn degrees from this new department.

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