Criminal Justice Cohort Coming to Regional Campuses in Fall 2008

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Dec. 14, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved a new criminal justice cohort at its four regional campuses for students interested in completing the last two years of the program’s corrections option.

In related action today, the Board also approved a new entrepreneurship option on the bachelor of science in business administration degree with a major in management and a new mechanical application option on the bachelor of science in engineering physics degree. 

Southeast will launch the new criminal justice cohort with the start of fall 2008 semester classes.

Those classes will be offered via interactive television (ITV) at Kennett, Malden, Sikeston and Perryville. The cohort will allow approximately 50 students to complete the last two years of the corrections option in criminal justice without traveling to the main campus in Cape Girardeau. The courses will be offered over five terms from fall 2008 through spring 2010.

The new criminal justice cohort is in response to information and interest meetings held last spring throughout the region.

“The response was overwhelming,” said Dr. John Wade, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology. “We required students to sign a commitment, and we have about 50 students who will participate.”

Ten of the 16 weekly ITV broadcasts – one night a week for each class for the entire 16-week semester – will originate from Kennett. Three sessions will originate from Sikeston, and three from Malden for each class.

Full-time Southeast faculty members will teach the courses, Wade said, adding “students at the campuses will get the best we have to offer.”

Ten, three-credit-hour courses are required to complete the corrections option and the criminology minor. There are two 200 level courses (CJ230 and SO205), four 300 level courses (CJ365, CJ370, CJ355 & SO360), three 400 level courses (CJ425, CJ440 and SO444) and one 500 level course (CJ526). 

Topics covered in the corrections option courses are “Correctional Institutions,” “Community-based Corrections,” “Offender Rehabilitation,” “Juvenile Justice,” “Statistics,” and “Research and Planning.”

This will be the first time the complete degree program has been offered at the regional campuses. Individual criminal justice courses have been offered at the regional campuses for about five years, but the complete degree program has not been available, Wade said. This year, Southeast offered all four prerequisite courses – CJ100, CJ110, CJ125 and CJ220 at the regional campuses. Wade says Southeast will continue to consistently offer these prerequisites at the regional campuses from fall 2008 through spring 2010 so students for the next cohort, planned to begin fall 2010, are prepared.