UNH Offers New Justice Studies
Contact: Erika Mantz
UNH Media Relations
May 10, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University System of New Hampshire trustees
recently approved a new graduate program in Justice Studies at the
University of New Hampshire, the first of its kind in northern New
England. Earlier in the academic year, USNH trustees also approved
a new undergraduate major at UNH in Justice Studies.
“These two new degree programs at the university help to meet
a long felt regional need in the field of crime and justice,”
said Ellen Cohn, coordinator of the Justice Studies Program. “Particularly
after 9/11, the public mandate to prepare students better for the
many challenges in law and justice was made clear to us by professionals
in law enforcement, the courts, corrections and juvenile justice.
These programs are designed to provide the justice system with a
workforce well equipped for the twenty-first century.
The dual undergraduate major includes an option to spend a semester
in Budapest, a mock trial course and a required field experience.
The graduate program is distinctive because its curriculum is multidisciplinary,
covering both criminology and legal studies. It is closely tied
to centers on campus, including JusticeWorks, the Family Research
Laboratory and the Crimes against Children Research Center, and
allows students to learn not only practical applications, but the
theory behind it. The master’s can be done part-time and includes
an internship option.
University faculty and administrators expect a strong student demand
in both programs. “We’ve hired some extremely talented
faculty in recent years to handle the number of prospective students,”
said Marilyn Hoskin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We
are strong in both teaching and research in justice studies at UNH.
These new degree offerings play well to these strengths.”
Mark Thompson, a UNH alumnus and now director of administration
in the New Hampshire Department of Justice, sees great promise in
the programs. “Throughout the state, justice professionals
are delighted to see UNH extend its land grant mission to the justice
Thompson added that there are many justice professionals who now
have an opportunity to pursue a graduate degree part-time, within
the state. “It’s a great asset to promote professional
development among those who labor in public safety and the administration
For more information about the program contact Ellen Cohn at firstname.lastname@example.org.