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Announcing Two New Degree Options

September 17, 2013

ATHENS, Ala.- The Alabama Commission on Higher Education recently approved two new degree options for Athens State University’s curriculum. These options are Juvenile Justice Option for Criminal Justice majors and Information Security Option for Computer Science majors. Both are housed within the University’s College of Arts and Sciences.

The Juvenile Justice Option:

Athens State University offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students seeking to enter or advance in the field of Criminal Justice. The minor option of Juvenile Justice will allow students to specialize in juvenile delinquency and justice as it relates to the criminal justice system. Students wanting to work with children in the criminal justice system and other community agencies will have the opportunity to complete this option. This academic option was created with an interdisciplinary approach that includes courses currently offered in criminal justice, psychology, public safety, child advocacy, and sociology.

“Our institution is excited that we are among the first to provide our students and the community with such a unique academic program,” states Dr. Quanda Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. “This academic option is available to all students interested in working with children in the community regardless of their major.”

Stevenson continues, “We want to continue to provide our students with educational skills and training they need whether it is for professional development or employment; we want our students knowledgeable and prepared.”

The Juvenile Justice Studies Option will serve as a strong academic link for Athens State as the university continues to collaborate with the Alabama Department of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention and the Child Defend programs. It includes the three required courses for the Child Advocacy Studies Training program. As a result, this option will provide students with research and information pertaining to delinquency, justice, advocacy, prevention, and intervention.

The Information Security Option:

Computer Science at Athens State University is a program that provides a strong foundation for programming, problem analysis and solution, and software engineering combined with practical experience. The newly created Information Security option is a plan of study where students will enhance their knowledge of the technologies and methods to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and the computing devices that store that information. It focuses on the understanding of the relevant theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to solve problems of computer programming, computer networking, and information security. Graduates with this minor will have a broad-based understanding of the principles of information assurance issues related to policy, procedures, laws, and strategy in business and government.

"A few moments listening to the evening news or surfing news websites tells us just how important it has become for us to understand how to secure and protect the computers that have become so pervasive in our society,” states Dr. Adam Lewis, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. “This new option in our Computer Science degree will help to produce the next generation of computer scientists and information technology professionals with a solid understand of cybersecurity issues"

This Information Security plan of study requires 118 to 124 semester hours of study with coursework divided into general education, pre-professional prerequisite, and professional components. The core coursework for the minor includes Network Security, Operating Systems, The Digital Enterprise, Foundations of Network Security, and Applied Cryptography and Systems Security.

Athens State University offers coursework at the junior and senior level. It provides affordable education in an environment that recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Athens State prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment.

These two new degree options will be available starting with the spring 2014 semester.


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