Clemson creates new justice studies undergraduate program

The sociology and anthropology department of Clemson University recently created a new justice studies undergraduate degree program to expand on the criminal justice concentration in the sociology department.


The sociology and anthropology department of Clemson University recently created a new justice studies undergraduate degree program to expand on the criminal justice concentration in the sociology department.

The previous concentration included deviance, criminology, and law enforcement. The new concentration expands on these topics with a new depth.

“The program will more fully immerse students in the world of criminal justice, but it is also designed to address the increasingly complicated ethical and social issues facing law enforcement and criminal justice organizations today,” Prof. Marjie Britz from Clemson University said.

There are already over 30 new students who have enrolled in the program as their major for this fall. These studies will have more topics to study, better preparing them for their future careers.

“Well-educated criminal justice professionals stand the best chance of affecting real, positive change in the field,” Britz said. “Ethical issues are more important now than ever, and we hope to attract a diverse student audience to this program while increasing research opportunities in the field.”

Clemson faculty first started working on the new degree program in 2011. Prof. Britz has been the lead behind the program, encouraging the department to provide both a Bachelor of Art (including language courses) and Bachelor of Science (including more methodology) in justice studies for the students.

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