THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University will offer a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with the first classes expected to begin in Fall 2018.
Today, the Louisiana Board of Regents unanimously approved the 120-hour degree program, designed for students interested in working in law enforcement, private security, forensics and social services fields.
A 21-hour concentration in coastal enforcement and security will provide a unique education in training for students interested in working for coastal security and law enforcement agencies, such as harbor police.
“This new degree program is an example of Nicholls’ commitment to meeting the needs of our students and our community,” said Dr. Lynn Gillette, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “We worked with local law enforcement agencies, Fletcher Technical Community College and our faculty to develop this program and, with the inclusion of the concentration in coastal enforcement and security, have tailored to meet the needs of the Bayou Region.”
The criminal justice degree will fall under Nicholls department of government and social sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. One additional faculty member will be hired for Fall 2019 while existing faculty and adjunct professors will also teach classes.
“We have heard the community’s call for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for several years, and we are thrilled to offer one so focused on the special needs of the region,” said Dr. John Doucet, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Alcee Fortier Distinguished Service Professor.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 27, 2017
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