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New criminal justice major available in fall

ISSUED: 3 August 2020
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WVShepherd University is now offering a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice—a 120-credit hour program with a plan of study designed to prepare students for jobs in the in criminal justice field.  

The B.A. in criminal justice is a popular degree that may attract many new students to Shepherd,” said Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic, chair, Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal Justice. “In fact, CollegeFactual ranked criminal justice as the sixth most popular major in the country. Our program is designed to provide students with a high level of intellectual and educational preparation for understanding criminal offending and criminal justice processes and will offer experiences in the operation and administration of criminal justice systems. 

Students can choose between two concentrations—law enforcement and forensics. The law enforcement concentration is designed to prepare students for employment in policing, corrections, security, and investigations at the local, state, and federal levels. The forensics concentration prepares students for work in areas such as computer forensics, forensic accounting, forensic nursing, and forensic psychology.  

Dr. Janay Gasparini, assistant professor of criminal justice, has come to Shepherd to develop the criminal justice program. Gasparini is a former police officer who holds a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Walden University.  

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