GSU offers first Ph.D. in criminology, justice administration in state

Applications are now open for the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Justice Administration at Grambling State University, the first doctoral degree program of its kind in the state of Louisiana. 
Dr. Tazinski Lee, interim head of the Department of Criminal Justice at Grambling State University, said the program focuses on the scientific study of crime and criminal behavior while examining the structure of the criminal justice system, its procedures and processes, and how they can work to provide a fair system for all. 
Graduates will not only be prepared to work as faculty and researchers, but also as human resource managers, program evaluators, legislators, program trainers, analytical scientists, urban and regional planners, policy analysts, criminologists, mid-and high-level administrators, and managers in agencies involved with the criminal justice system at the local, state, federal and international levels. 
“Grambling State University’s Ph.D. program provides excellent opportunities to in-service practitioners at senior levels in agencies to improve and upgrade their knowledge bases, analytical skills, and expertise,” Dr. Lee said. “Specifically, their training, and expertise will be instrumental in the research required to craft groundbreaking public safety policies or consultancy jobs in various organizations.” 

The 57-hour program contains 21 hours of core courses, 12 hours of research, 12 hours of electives (specializations); and 12 hours of dissertation. It has two areas of concentration: Minorities and Social Injustice Policy, and Justice Policy and Administration. 
Focusing on the systematic study of crime as a socio-pathological phenomenon, the behavior of criminals, and the social institutions that evolved to respond to crime, the program includes instruction in the theory of crime, psychological and social bases of criminal behavior, social value systems and the theory of punishment, criminal law and criminal justice systems, rehabilitation and recidivism, and more. 
“The focus of the Ph.D. in Criminology and Justice Administration will ensure that students will have the skills, tools, and theoretical context and background needed to be successful practitioners,” Dr. Lee said. 
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