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CRIM 4800: Practicum in Criminology and Justice


CRIM 4800 Practicum in Criminology and Justice

Application Deadline: Friday, September 25th, 2020

Criminology Practicum Virtual Information Session: Friday, September 18th, 2020 at 11 am

Offered every spring semester, the practicum course provides students with an opportunity to gain practical field experience by volunteering within a criminal justice or community organization. Students are supervised and mentored throughout their placements by an agency representative and the Practicum Coordinator.

By participating in the practicum, students are able to further their personal and professional development through applying knowledge and skills acquired from academic studies to practicum placements. The skills students gain through their practicum experiences are highly transferable and give students a strong advantage when applying for jobs or graduate school.

Students will volunteer at their practicum placements for approximately 32 hours per week from January to the beginning of April. Students will also complete assignments addressing theoretical and practical issues relating to their placements, as well as attend periodic seminars.

To obtain a placement, students work with the Practicum Coordinator beginning in September. Only students who obtain a placement with approval from the Practicum Coordinator will be able to register for the practicum course. The placement process is competitive and placement for all students cannot be guaranteed.

In the past, students have completed placements at a variety of agencies, including police departments, law firms, correctional facilities, private investigation firms, halfway houses, probation offices, anti-gang youth initiatives, advocacy groups, restorative justice groups, and victim services organizations.