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Huntington University to launch criminal justice degree in 2014

HUNTINGTON, Ind. — The criminal justice system brings order to society and helps to uphold the laws that protect its citizens. Huntington University’s criminal justice program, launching in fall 2014, fully equips students to enter the field with the knowledge gained from a Christian perspective.

This Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students in corrections, juvenile justice, law, criminology, addictions and public policy.

“Criminal justice careers frequently involve working with people who have violated the law or who are victims of law violations,” said Dr. Mary Ruthi, professor of sociology at HU. “With the skills gained from our program, students will be able to show God’s love to people who are experiencing these difficult situations.”

Along with classroom instruction, students will be required to take an internship to gain real-world experience, and elective courses will help students cater their degree to their interests. A minor in criminal justice also will allow students to enhance their degrees in pre-law, psychology, political science, sociology or social work.

“Criminal justice is important for many different reasons, and criminal justice taught at schools like Huntington could greatly benefit the criminal justice system overall,” said Jamie Hotchkiss, an Indiana State Police trooper and a 1996 HU alum. “As in any profession, integrity and service are essential in law enforcement, and HU already has those core values.”

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).