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Huntingdon College Introduces Major in Criminal Justice

Huntingdon College

News Release

April 30, 2019

For more information, contact: Su Ofe, (334) 833-4515; news@hawks.huntingdon.edu

Huntingdon College Introduces Major in Criminal Justice

Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College provost Dr. Anna McEwan announced today the addition of an undergraduate major in criminal justice beginning in fall 2019.

“Our Office of Admission has reported that inquiries for a major in criminal justice have outpaced many other career fields for several years,” said McEwan. “In addition, the need for professionals who are educated with a central concern for critical thinking and ethical reasoning fits well with Huntingdon’s mission. We believe that our criminal justice graduates will be poised to make a difference for their communities, including for victims, for those who are accused or convicted of crimes, and for the public at large.”

The major, which requires the completion of 42 major-specific hours in addition to core requirements and electives, was developed under the direction of Dr. Lou Harris, who has served as a professor at Faulkner University; as a special agent for the FBI; as an instructor for the Alabama Police Academy and for the Crime Prevention Clearinghouse; and as a lieutenant JG for United States Naval Aviation. He is a member of the Alabama Sentencing Commission and a co-founder and board president for the Institute for Criminal Justice Education, among many professional memberships.

“Huntingdon students are bright, active learners who are educated at a higher level in matters of critical thinking and ethical reasoning,” said Harris. “The college’s liberal arts core curriculum also prepares students well to adapt to the many pathways in criminal justice they may choose to follow professionally. I think this major is a great fit for the college and I know that our students and graduates will be welcomed into internships and employment.”

The criminal justice major at Huntingdon will combine practice with theory. Study will include the causes of crime, an understanding of the interdependence of the branches of the criminal justice system, constitutional law and its application, moral and ethical perspectives of law and justice, criminal investigation, and forensics.

“A criminal justice major has been part of Huntingdon’s Evening Studies program for many years,” said McEwan, “so we already had many of the important educational components defined. We’re so pleased that we are able to offer the program for our traditional day students now.” Huntingdon’s Department of Evening Studies offers a degree completion program that may be accomplished by attending classes just one night a week in five-week terms at 9 locations throughout the state.

Current and incoming traditional day students may declare the criminal justice major beginning August 2019. For more information, contact the Office of Admission at (334) 833-4497 or 1-800-763-0313. The major will be part of the College’s newly renamed Department of Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and Psychology.

More information may be found at www.huntingdon.edu/criminal-justice.

Huntingdon College has been named a top 6 regional Best Value and top 11 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report; among a list of Colleges that Change Lives, by Washington Monthly; among the Best Colleges in Alabama and the Best Small Colleges in America by College Consensus; and among the Best Colleges: Region by Region (South) by the Princeton Review. Through the Huntingdon Plan, full-time day students are provided a laptop computer, books and information resources, active learning experiences, and senior-year travel-study opportunities—all within regular tuition and fees. Huntingdon’s Evening Studies program offers degree completion programs at 10 locations across the state. Huntingdon College continues a legacy of faith, wisdom, and service through a liberal arts academic tradition grounded in the Judeo-Christian heritage of the United Methodist Church.

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Suellen (Su) Ofe
Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591

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