Hofstra University Adds New Major and Minor in Criminal Justice

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As an increased number of law enforcement and legal professionals look to add a specialized degree to their resume in order to have more career options, New York’s Hofstra University has announced it is adding a two new programs in the emerging field of criminology.

The school said that beginning this fall it will start offering a new major and minor in criminology for undergraduate students interested in learning about different aspects of crime and the punishment system through the department of sociology.

Liena Gurevich, associate professor of sociology, told the Hofstra Chronicle that the degree will help prepare students for a variety of careers in criminal justice including research, administration or policy development.

Even though crime rates are going down, we have this institutional development that is extremely interesting. It should be studied and explored, Gurevich noted. “There is also another dimension to all that and that’s the globalization and the interest in the international dimension of crime, and we want to be on the forefront to tapping into these interesting issues.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job opportunities for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists are expected to grow by 19% through 2018.

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