Applied Behavioral Science: Criminal Justice and Social Problems
IntroductionThe Applied Behavioral Science Program offers Master of Arts Degree tracks in two fields: Criminal Justice and Social Problems, and International and Comparative Politics.
The Criminal Justice and Social Problems track emphasizes methodology and theoretical courses and topics-focused workshops aimed at improving the research and intellectual foundations for employment and professional advancement in the criminal justice fields. Students in the program typically work for, or plan to work for, the courts, probation offices, police agencies, prison administrations, or private and public programs for juvenile offenders.
The training received in basic social science skills and knowledge is also a useful foundation for those who wish to proceed to doctoral-level study in a number of fields. An optional practicum provides field experience for those without prior experience in a criminal justice field. The program culminates in an applied research effort that, at the students option, takes the form of either a journal article project or a traditional thesis. Courses are offered primarily in the evenings and workshops primarily on the weekends to accommodate employed students.
The International and Comparative Politics track prepares students who intend to continue their education in a Ph.D. program in international relations, comparative politics, or a related field. The program also provides continuing international education opportunities for those working in the public or private sector. Graduate seminars, independent readings, and practicum opportunities enable students to explore the scholarship in their field and its applications. Students may select from among four specialized areas of study: Peace and Security Studies, International Organizations, Developed States, and Developing States Area Studies. Program students are required to complete or demonstrate a quantitative or foreign language research requirement. The degree culminates in either a traditional thesis or a project developed in consultation with a program advisor.
AdmissionIn addition to meeting the admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, students applying for admission into the Criminal Justice and Social Problems M.A. degree program are generally expected to have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice, social work, or a social science (such as sociology, psychology, or political science). Significant experience working in a criminal justice field can substitute for this expectation for students with degrees in other fields. Admission is generally for summer or fall quarters.
Applicants to the International and Comparative Politics M.A. degree program must meet the graduate schools admission criteria, and should additionally demonstrate in their letter of application how their undergraduate and/or professional record will be enhanced by participation in the program.
Jeanne Ballantine, applied research methods, sociology of education
Edward Fitzgerald, international law, natural resource law
Charles Funderburk, corruption
Donna M. Schlagheck, American foreign policy, terrorism, United Nations
James Walker (emeritus), peace studies
Anna Bellisari, human evolution, human growth and development, cultural diversity, womens issues
Carl Brun, child welfare, qualitative methods, program evaluation, domestic violence
Anita Curry-Jackson, social work
Marlese Durr, organization, occupations and work, research methods
December Green, Africa, human rights, gender, violence
Laura Luehrmann, China, Chinese foreign policy, transitions
David Orenstein (director), theoretical foundations, qualitative methods
Mark Sirkin, Middle East, Israeli-Palestinian
Jim Steinberg, family dysfunctions, child welfare
Liam Anderson, Europe, Russia, Central Asian, weapons destruction
Tracy Snipe, Africa, France, radical black thought
Tracey Steele, crime and social control, gender, sexuality, medical sociology
Norma Wilcox, corrections, criminological theory, quantitative methodology
Jackie Bergdahl, women and crime, methodology
Financial AssistanceThe ABS program offers several graduate assistantships. Graduate fellowships for both part-time and full-time students may be available through the School of Graduate Studies. Awards of financial assistance are generally for the entire academic year, which begins with the fall quarter. Applications for assistantships are obtained from the ABS office and should be submitted to that office by March 15.
There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available in nonacademic university departments each year. The ABS director can provide more information about these.
Course of StudyCriminal Justice and Social Problems Track
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