Historically Black Grambling State University in Louisiana is now accepting applications for its new Ph.D. program in criminology and justice administration. It is the first doctoral program of this kind in the state of Louisiana.
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. The 57-hour program contains 21 hours of core courses, 12 hours of research, 12 hours of electives; and 12 hours of dissertation. It will have two areas of concentration: Minorities and Social Injustice Policy, and Justice Policy and Administration. The program will 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.
According to the university, 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.
Tazinski Lee, interim head of the department of criminal justice, stated that “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. Specifically, their training, and expertise will be instrumental in the research required to craft groundbreaking public safety policies or consultancy jobs in various organizations.”