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New Criminal Justice Studies Major Offered

Student Demand and Workforce Opportunities Drive Decision

Keene State College today announces that the college will offer a Criminal Justice Studies major starting in the fall 2013 semester. The major will prepare students for robust employment opportunities with criminal justice agencies under various jurisdictions, and also in the private sector. The major also provides a bridge to graduate studies in criminology, law, social work, sociology, psychology, and government, including public administration. Student demand for this major is high – one in five admissions inquiries are requests about criminal justice offerings at Keene State.

“Keene State College is committed to preparing our students for meaningful work after they graduate. This new Criminal Justice Studies major is one example of how we are delivering on this commitment,” said Peter Stevenson, Professor of Sociology at Keene State College. “Through this academic program, students will gain the knowledge and real-world learning experience they need to be workforce-ready at graduation.”

For several years, Keene State College has offered Criminal Justice Studies as a minor, and will continue to offer the minor. The college will add full-time tenure track faculty to support students and the program as a major. In fall of 2013, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology will be named.

Students who graduate with this major will earn at Bachelor of Arts degree. Students interested in the major must demonstrate a level of competence prior to acceptance into the program. Current and potential students who are interested are encouraged to contact Keene State College admissions, at 603-572-1909 or visit for more information.

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