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Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies

On July 19 the Board of Trustees approved the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies within the majors/degrees as follows: Art History MA, PhD; Criminology, Law and Justice MA, PhD; Educational Psychology PhD; Hispanic Studies MA, PhD; Political Science MA, PhD; Policy Studies in Urban Education PhD; Psychology MA, PhD; Public Health (students in any division) MS, MPH, DrPH, PhD; Social Work MSW, PhD; Special Education M.Ed, PhD; Youth Development M.Ed; Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Jane Addams College of Social Work, and the School of Public Health. The approval by the Board of Trustees means that the Concentration is available for students beginning with the fall 2010 semester.

The Jane Addams College of Social Work and the department of Criminology, Law and Justice have agreed to sequentially administer the Concentration for graduate students at UIC. Jane Addams will provide the administrative support for the Concentration for the first two years (2010-2012).

The Concentration requires that students complete a combination of 4 courses in units across campus focused on violence prevention, intervention and research. A brief description of the Concentration is included for informing eligible students of the concentration. As the student completes the courses, that information should be submitted to Patricia OíBrien at pob@uic.edu. Following the description is a suggested form you may want to duplicate and use when submitting information regarding the studentís completion of the Concentration. Once the information is received and verified at the College of Social Work, the information will be forwarded to the Graduate College to be added to the studentís transcript. Thank-you for your interest and support of this valuable addition to the university curriculum.

Brief Description of the Interdepartmental Concentration in Violence Studies

The vision underlying the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies as conceived by the faculty from various academic units is that it will provide an educational nexus for research, graduate training, and locally and globally engaged scholarship at UIC. Violence is a major public health and social problem. A graduate concentration in violence studies is needed at UIC to provide students with a set of courses that introduce them to various forms of violence and their study from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. This area of study is represented in a variety of disciplines and colleges at UIC. By bringing these classes together into an organized concentration of graduate study to be jointly administered by the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and the Jane Addams College of Social Work, students will have the opportunity to have an organized set of courses that provides them with substantive knowledge of various forms of interpersonal violence from a broad set of theoretical perspectives. The concentration provides enhanced education to students wishing to develop a broader knowledge base and wider range of theoretical perspectives that they can use to address problems of violence and violence prevention in contemporary society.

Composed of courses from multiple disciplines, this concentration will provide students a holistic view of the problem of violence in society and deepen their knowledge and skill set to address it. The outcome of this concentration will be broadly trained individuals who can apply theories and methods from multidisciplinary perspectives to critically analyze and effectively respond to various types of violence in society through innovative programs of research, policy development, treatment, and prevention.

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies is an option for graduate students from approved programs in addition to their regular course of study.

Requirements for the concentration: The Concentration requires that students complete of a minimum of 11 credit hours (typically four semester-long courses) that will consist of:

-two foundation courses from the following set of courses: EPID 428, CLJ 423/ANTH 424, CLJ 546, SOCW 544, or GWS 521/PSCH 521, and

-two supplementary courses from the following set of courses: CLJ 422, CLJ 424/GWS 424, CLJ 500, POLS 571, PSCH 417, SOCW 517, SOCW 525/GWS 525.

The interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Violence Studies will be jointly administered by the Department of Criminology, Law and Justice and the Jane Addams College of Social Work with the two units alternating the duties of monitoring student enrollment and completion of the concentration. Advisement to graduate students will be provided by affiliated faculty. Students who elect this concentration should use it to enhance their education, and the concentration should have no implications for their time-to-completion of their graduate program.

Graduate Catalog 2010-2012: Violence Studies
Interdepartmental Concentration in Violence Studies Form

 

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