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Criminal Justice and Human Security at University of Bridgeport

Earn Your Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Security

As crime becomes increasingly transnational, its causes can no longer be viewed solely through the prism of local circumstances. Understanding criminal justice and social conditions on a global scale is now vital to stopping the proliferation of crime and injustice.

UB’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Security degree program is designed to help you attain expertise in the worldwide political, cultural, and socioeconomic conditions that contribute to crime and its attenuation. Our program will help you gain insight into the cultural, ethnic, religious and ideological differences often discovered at the root of criminal acts, violence, and terror.

Among some of the in-depth topics covered in this program: domestic, international, and comparative criminal law; transnational crime; cybercrime, and cyberterrorism—all taught by experienced faculty from UB’s College of Public and International Affairs.

Human security, as it relates to modern threats such as terrorism, human trafficking, and ethnocentric violence, will also be explored. This broader understanding of human rights and its connection to history, global policy, international peace and security, and humanitarian affairs provides a strong foundation on which you will be able to draw correlations and build solutions towards a safer world.

Why UB?

The University of Bridgeport’s vision statement reflects our dedication to both preparing students with the professional skills and intercultural competency to succeed in today’s global marketplace, and leveraging the institution’s diversity to further intercultural understanding in local, regional and global venues. Our diverse student population on campus, and in the city of Bridgeport itself, is the perfect complement to this degree—and a true reflection of the many nationalities, religions and customs punctuating the world in which we live. As a member of our diverse student body, you will become part of an international community that welcomes and fosters dialogue to further enrich your learning experience.

Pursuing your Criminal Justice and Human Security (M.A.) degree at UB also allows you to take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities—including SMART Board-equipped classrooms, a language lab, and video studio; overseas study office; and extensive collection of library resource tools.

What is Human Security?

The Commission on Human Security defines human security in their report, Human Security Now, as:

“…to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment. Human security means protecting fundamental freedoms – freedoms that are the essence of life. It means protecting people from critical (severe) and pervasive (widespread) threats and situations. It means using processes that build on people’s strengths and aspirations. It means creating political, social, environmental, economic, military and cultural systems that together give people the building blocks of survival, livelihood and dignity.”*

*Commission on Human Security: Human Security Now, New York, 2003, p. 4