Establishment of a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents today approved the request of President Betty L….

Georgia (Jan 10, 2002) — Establishment of a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University



The University System of Georgia Board of Regents today approved the request of President Betty L. Siegel that Kennesaw State University be authorized to establish a major in criminal justice under the existing Bachelor of Science‚ effective January 9‚ 2002.

The approved major in criminal justice responds to documented demands of currently enrolled students‚ entering freshmen and presently employed criminal justice agency personnel. The proposed program will serve those constituents of KSU interested in careers in law enforcement‚ correction‚ courts (probation and parole) and private or industrial security. According to Linda Noble‚ Dean‚ College of Humanities and Social Sciences‚ "KSU has a strong history of program development that responds to community needs. Our new criminal justice program is innovative‚ progressive and designed to prepare criminal justice practitioners with a solid foundation of both skills and knowledge."

The U.S. Department of Labor's 2000 − 2001 Occupational Outlook Handbook indicates that "employment of police officers and detectives is expected to increase faster than average for all occupations through 2008." The Georgia Department of Labor's report entitled‚ 1996 − 2006 Planning for Tomorrow: Industry and Occupational Outlook‚ indicates that "employment in Georgia is projected to increase by more than 1 million jobs in the next 10 years. The service occupations related to criminal justice will increase by 30 percent." The Atlanta Police Department has a shortage of 480 police officers‚ or 26 percent of their force.

The objectives of the program include providing students with practical experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system‚ providing students with the skills to exhibit technological proficiencies in addressing criminal justice issues and providing specialized courses that will allow students to assume professional or managerial careers in their chosen area of practice.

According to Lana Wachniak‚ Chair of the Department of Sociology‚ Geography and Anthropology‚ "People not only want to have a better understanding of the crime problem‚ many also want to become a part of the solution. It is these individuals who will be the primary beneficiaries of the new criminal justice major at KSU. The secondary beneficiaries are members of the community; university educated criminal justice personnel make better criminal justice practitioners. The major was developed through input from academicians and practitioners. We believe that its timeliness‚ academic integrity and innovation will attract students who are already in criminal justice and those who are planning to enter the field.

The 120−semester−hour program will have an interdisciplinary focus‚ and the curriculum will reflect selective courses from the social sciences. Students may choose one of three concentration areas: criminal justice administration‚ forensic behavioral sciences and technology and crime. All students will be required to complete an internship‚ as well as courses in cultural diversity‚ ethics and a second language. The program will be administered through the Department of Sociology‚ Geography and Anthropology‚ located in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The institution anticipates enrollments of 60‚ 120 and 180 during the first three years of the program.


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚000‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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