ACU introduces criminal justice program, focuses on
For Immediate Release
August 27, 1999
Abilene Christian University has introduced a criminal
justice program in its Department of Sociology and Social
Work. Students can now earn a Bachelor of Science degree in
sociology with an emphasis in criminal justice.
The criminal justice learning sequence is designed to
include several interactive learning opportunities, one of
which occurs Monday, Aug. 30.
Jerry Cox, adviser of university studies, is teaching the
Intro to Criminal Justice class. Monday at 10 a.m. in his
class, personnel from Dyess Air Force Base will bring dogs
trained to attack on command and locate drugs and bombs.
The Dyess personnel will provide unique interactive
demonstrations and explanations to students.
The media is invited and encouraged to attend the Intro
to Criminal Justice class. It will be conducted in Room 101
of Hardin Administration Building on Campus Court.
Rather than a vocational degree, ACU's criminal justice
program provides a theoretical foundation for students,
preparing them to go anywhere in the field of criminology or
criminal justice, said David Gotcher, assistant professor of
sociology, who oversees the program.
"We discuss why law enforcers function the way they do
and why the law functions the way it does," Gotcher said.
"We take a sociological approach to criminology and criminal
The program is designed for anybody with an interest in
criminology or criminal justice. "We have students who will
go on to law school, law enforcement, corrections or
forensics. This program prepares you to go into a variety
of areas of criminal justice."
Offering students a criminal justice program that also is
a sociology degree is another advantage of the program,
Gotcher explained. It exposes students to the theoretical
perspective to help develop problem-solving skills.
"Students learn to hypothesize why a problem exists.
They learn how to develop a solution and then execute that
solution," he said.
ACU offers 117 baccalaureate degree programs, 35 master's
degree programs and one doctoral program.
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