Criminal Justice Cohort Meetings to be Held at Regional Campuses

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 15, 2009 – The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology will host informational meetings on the criminal justice cohort beginning in fall 2010 at Southeast’s regional campuses.

Southeast Missouri State University – Sikeston will host its meeting at 5:30 p.m. on

Oct. 27 at 2401 N. Main.  Southeast Missouri State University – Kennett will host its informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 at 1230 First Street.  At 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, Southeast Missouri State University – Malden will host its meeting at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center, 700 N. Douglass.

Southeast launched its first criminal justice cohort at its regional campuses last fall, and Dr. John Wade, professor of criminal justice and sociology, said he is happy with the response it has had thus far.

“We are very pleased with the turnout,” Wade said.  “The program is flexible because it is on a two-year rotation, so students who can’t complete or take all eleven courses in the two years understand the rotation will be re-offered and they still can complete their degree.

The classes at the regional campuses will be offered via interactive television (ITV) at Kennett, Malden and Sikeston.  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 2010 through spring 2012.

There will be two classes offered for the fall 2010 semester.  One will take place on Monday evenings, and the other will be held on Wednesday evenings.  The ITV broadcasts will originate from each campus involved at least one time throughout the semester.  The program also uses full-time Southeast faculty and highly-qualified adjunct professionals working in the criminal justice field to teach the courses.

The corrections option and the criminology minor require 11 three-credit-hour courses for completion.  There are two 200 level courses (CJ230 and SO205), five 300 level courses (CJ365, CJ370, CJ355, SO360 & UI309), three 400 level courses (CJ425, CJ440 and SO444) and one 500 level course (CJ526).

Topics covered in the corrections option courses are “Correctional Institutions,” “Constitutional Rights of Inmates,” “Community-based Corrections” and “Offender Rehabilitation.”

Southeast offers all four prerequisite courses – CJ100, CJ110, CJ125 and CJ220 at the regional campuses.  The University will continue to offer these prerequisites at the regional campuses from fall 2010 through spring 2012 so students for the next cohort, planned to begin in 2012, are prepared.