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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 04, 2010

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has unanimously approved a new Criminology major at Framingham State University. The interdisciplinary program will be housed in the University's Sociology department and will lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology degree. Current FSU students may declare the Criminology major after January 1, 2011; students entering in Fall 2011 may select the major through the admissions process.

“The very best criminology programs anchor the study of delinquency, crime and justice in the social and behavioral sciences,” Framingham State President Timothy Flanagan said. “Our BA Degree in Criminology is designed to graduate highly educated leaders who will be prepared to assume a wide variety of roles in government and private-sector organizations, or to further study in law, public policy, and human development.”

“This will be the only program in the Commonwealth that mandates an interdisciplinary approach to criminology,” said Dr. Ellen Zimmerman, associate vice president for academic affairs. The broad range of coursework should make for an easy transition into the program for students from other institutions, Zimmerman added. “Students may already have taken a variety of liberal arts courses, which should allow for easy integration." Zimmerman said work on creating the program began in fall 2008 and included a spring 2010 survey of current students, which indicated strong interest in a criminology program.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda Vaden-Goad commented "We have already received calls from students interested in this major. I think we are all excited about the students' interest and our ability as an institution to prepare well-educated criminologists for the growing workforce needs in Massachusetts."

Students in the program will be required to take two elective classes from each of three different topics: Law and the Legal System; Social Structural Dimensions of Crime and Criminal Behavior; and Behavioral Dimensions of Crime and Criminal Behavior.

About Framingham State University

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