UB to offer new M.A. in Criminal Justice & Human Security

UB to offer new M.A. in Criminal Justice & Human Security

As crime becomes increasingly transnational, demand grows for a new generation of criminal justice professionals trained to address its international consequences. With this in mind, the College of Public and International Affairs at the University of Bridgeport will offer a new M.A. in Criminal Justice & Human Security.

Launching in the fall of 2017, the 36 semester-hour, two-year program encompasses training in criminal justice, human security.

It is designed for students pursuing doctoral-level study of criminal justice upon graduation; domestic and international law enforcement employees; and members of the military who wish to enter security at the civilian level.

Careers in the field can be found at the international, national, state, local levels and in private industry. Opportunities include:

  • global intelligence
  • national security at the FBI, CIA, DEA and IRS
  • law enforcement for local, state or Interpol
  • corporate, private or cyber security
  • advocacy, surveillance, and legal research
  • education and criminology

The program will be led under the direction of Professor William Lay. Previously, Lay practiced law for 12 years with the Fried Frank and Skadden Arps firms before opening his own law office. He earned his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and senior editor of the Columbia Law Review. Lay clerked on the New York Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, with Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa.  His writings have appeared in the Columbia Law Review and Harvard Asia Quarterly.

Other faculty in the Criminal Justice & Human Security program include:

Kadir Akyuz:  During his 18 years of law-enforcement experience with the Turkish National Police, Akyuz worked in homicide, organized crime, and cybercrime units. In 2003, he served as a UN civilian police officer in the Kosovo peacekeeping mission. He was employed in the Missing Persons Unit, where he identified  persons massacred during the Kosovo war and assisted in returning their remains to families. He also served in the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia in 2006, working as a police adviser.

His research interests focus on terrorism, political violence, juvenile delinquency, and policing issues. His articles have appeared in International Criminal Justice Review and Turkish Journal of Sociological Research. He also contributed chapters to several books. Akyuz earned his Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston State University.

Beth P. Skott: As asssociate professor of Sociology and the chairperson of the Social Science Program, Scott advises students studying Sociology, Criminal Justice, Pre-law, Psychology, and History. She assists in the teaching and oversight of the Criminology track within the Criminal Justice and Human Security program.

Dave Benjamin: Chairman of the M.A. in Global Development and Peace, Benjamin also teaches in the B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy program. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom (M.Phil. and Ph.D International Relations), the University of the West Indies (Dip. International Relations), and Carleton University (BA Hons. International History).

His has published work and conference papers on United Nations policy; international human rights and international criminal law; and the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). His current research includes political corruption and state collapse/state failure and the future of the United Nations Security Council.

For more information, or to apply, visit the Criminal Justice & Human Security program link here.