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Join the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences (CJSS) program that prepares you for your future and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, social research, geo-informatics inquiries on social and physical environments, communication, and civic duty in all aspects of life.  Find your future in criminology, law, counseling, public administration, social studies, geographic information systems, (GIS) environmental issues, poverty, teaching or social welfare with a degree in criminal justice, minor in sociology, and geography from Alabama State University.


OBJECTIVES


The Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences offers curricula designed to provide students with an understanding of and an ability to apply theoretical frameworks and methodological tools for the analysis of (1) the institutions, processes and current practices in the administration of criminal justice (2) culture, social behavior, and social change in micro and macro social structures. The department aims to prepare students for graduate and professional study in criminology, criminal justice, law and related fields and for professional employment in criminal justice, social welfare, education, government and business.


MAJORS AND MINORS


The department offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice, with concentrations in three areas of specialization: corrections, juvenile justice and law enforcement and criminology. Minor programs are offered in criminal justice, sociology, geography and minor in certificate program in gerontology. The department cooperates with the College of Education in offering a baccalaureate program of study leading to teacher certification in social science. Students majoring in criminal justice are required to take a Major Field Test before they can be recommended for graduation.

 

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Department of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Career Fair, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016 • 5:30-7:30 p.m.
J. Garrick Hardy Student Center Ballroom

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Alabama State University Students and Faculty take Center Stage at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association Conference, 2016

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By: Dr. Ram Alagan and Dr. Brenda Gill


Alabama State University was well represented at the Annual; Meeting of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association (A-MSA) held on 25-26 February 2016 at Jackson State University, Mississippi. The Theme of the conference was “The Status of Sociology in Alabama and Mississippi”. This highly productive two-day conference allowed for the presentation of information from diverse disciplines and varied topics. Panel, workshop and poster presentations focused on local, national and global perspectives related to social, cultural, political, Civil Rights, media, criminal justice, and gender issues among several. Alabama State University students and faculty played crucial roles in this conference. Two major highlights were: being in attendance at the 47th Annual Banquet and listening to the Speaker Governor Ronnie Musgrove. Governor Musgrove addressed the topic of education in Mississippi and the role of sociology and sociologists, and ASU’s student Jasmin Darden’s winning second place in the poster competition for her work on Suicide.

With support from the Provost’s Office, six students (five from the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and one from the College of Health Sciences) were able to attend and participate at the A-MSA conference. Topics presented were: Candace Martin: Sociology Opens Eyes; Kehinde Batife: The Effects of Drug Abuse on College Students; Kponmotion Amuse & Tariere Okuka: An Investigation into the Numbers and Reasons for Incarceration of Juveniles on Death Row in Alabama and the Crimes they committed from 1980-2015; Jasmin Darden:  An Examination of Some Reasons Young Adults Attempt Suicide (15-24); Shawan Parks: Binge Drinking: As Common as a Cold.

Additionally, several faculty members from ASU also played pivotal roles at the A-MSA through research presentations, session moderation, and other tasks. In attendance were: Dr. Brenda Gill, Dr. Delila Dotremon, Dr. Seela Aladuwaka, Dr. Elisha Dung, Dr. Ruben Gonzalez, Dr. Ram Alagan, Dr. Anthony Troy Adams, Dr. Carlos Morrison, and Dr. Robert White. The following list outlines faculty members’ contribution at A-MSA 2016:  

  • Dr. Anthony Troy Adams (Past President): Moderated an undergraduate paper session
  • Dr. Brenda Gill (President-Elect, A-MSA): presented on the topic:  “Undergraduate Research: Is this Overrated?”  and moderator of a session on Student Research.
  • Dr. Ram Alagan and Dr. Seela Aladuwaka presented a research paper on “Intercontinental Comparative Analysis of Civil Rights Struggles: Plantation in Sri Lanka and Black Belt in Alabama”
  • Dr. Ruben Gonzalez (Secretary) presented a research paper on “Using the Antipoetic Lens to Examine Society”
  • Dr. Robert White and Dr. Ram Alagan presented a research paper on “Highway 80: A Virtual March through Alabama's Civil Rights Corridor”
  • Dr. Delilah Dotremon: Moderated and presented a research paper on “Reforming the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women”
  • Dr. Elisha Jasper Dung  presented a research paper on “Implications of Sex Offenders’ Restriction Laws in Montgomery, Alabama: A GIS Analysis” Dr. Carlos
  • Morrison (Department of Communication) presented a research paper on “Still Work to Be Done: The Million Man March and the 50th Anniversary Commemoration Selma to Montgomery March as Mythoform and Visual Rhetoric”

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Spotlights of ASU Members at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association
Conference -  Jackson State University, MS: 2016

 


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