With the beginning of the new semester at Catawba College, the Class of 2016 will have a new major to welcome them to campus.
Recently, the Catawba faculty approved a bachelor's degree in the "administration of justice" for Catawba students interested in professional opportunities in local, state, and federal governments, along with within private businesses and organizations.
It will focus on preparing students not just for their first entry position in the criminal justice profession, but hopefully for advancement opportunities further into their career.
"The major is a truly multi-disciplinary course of study, drawing on areas such as politics, sociology, psychology, management, philosophy, and chemistry," said Dr. Michael Bitzer, associate professor of politics and history and coordinator of the new program.
"It fits into Catawba's philosophy of a liberal education, by combining the strengths and skills of a liberal arts education — communication and critical thinking skills — with the professional capabilities needed in this competitive job market."
Students who major in the program will take courses in bureaucratic politics, criminal law, judicial process, crime and delinquency, social problems, abnormal behavior, management and organizational behavior, ethics, and forensic science, among many others.
For students at community colleges who are completing their associate in applied science in criminal justice, the transition to completing a bachelor's degree is easily made.