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2015 - 2017 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Social Sciences


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Criminology

Richard G. Kiekbusch, PhD
Associate Professor of Criminology

Dr. Kiekbusch holds a BA, MA, and PhD, all in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Kiekbusch has over twenty years experience in correctional administration and private corrections. He is active in a number of professional associations and was president of the American Jail Association, 1992-93. In addition to carrying out his academic responsibilities, Dr. Kiekbusch provides expert witness and other consulting services in the area of correctional management. He serves on the editorial boards of several other practitioner publications and scholarly journals.

Gregg Hammon, MA
Lecturer

Professor Hammon received an undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1990. His Master’s degree was earned from Sul Ross State University in 1991. Professor Hammon has been teaching at the college level as an adjunct instructor since 2001, both in class and online. He has over 15 years experience in the criminal justice field in corrections and law enforcement. He holds a Master Level Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students who major in criminology will obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. Criminology is an interdisciplinary behavioral science which includes the study of law, the causes of criminal behavior and the agencies of social control which society has established to prevent and control crime.

The criminology program at U. T. Permian Basin is committed to the personal, analytical and professional development of its students. Many will choose to continue their education in graduate studies or law school, while others will accept employment in criminal justice agencies such as law enforcement, courts, corrections or other social service organizations. The criminology program is committed to developing the student’s sensitivity to the human and social condition, coupled with an understanding and ability to participate constructively in the improvement of both.

The criminology advisor will assist in developing a degree plan which best suits the needs of the individual student.

Transfer students from Texas community colleges should note that only those courses designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as academic transfer courses and showing the CRIJ prefix will be accepted at U. T. Permian Basin. Courses showing WECM prefixes are not accepted in transfer even if the course is cross-listed with an academic transfer course.

Criminal Justice Online

CCJO

Diana Burns, Ph.D.
Assoicate Professor of Criminology

Dr. Burns holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and gradate degrees from Illinois State University. She has nearly 20 years expericne in higher education teaching in the area of research methods; comparative criminal justice systems; race, gender, class and crime; statistics; criminology; sociology; and drugs and behavior at seven different institutions of higher education. Diana has been the chairperson of three different criminal justice programs over the past 15 years and has published in the aresa of criminal justice, social work, higher education, sociology, business and management. Her research interests include issues in policing (training & ecucation) and community policing, human rights violations, assessment and leadership in higher education, family violence, femicide and infanticide, evalusation research and program development.

Gregg Hammon, MA
Lecturer

Professor Hammon teaches many of the UTPB courses offered online. He received an undergraduate degree in Criminology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in 1990. His Master’s degree was earned from Sul Ross State University in 1991. Professor Hammon has been teaching at the college level as an adjunct instructor since 2001, both in class and online. He has over 15 years experience in the criminal justice field in corrections and law enforcement. He holds a Master Level Peace Officer license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

UTPB’s undergraduate Criminology program is participating in an online consortium with The University of Texas campuses at Arlington (UTA), and Brownsville (UTB). On occasion, other UT campuses offer courses through the consortium as well. Through the consortium, it is possible for a student to earn a B.S. in Criminal Justice, entirely online, from UTA, UTB, or UTPB. With the approval of their academic advisors, UTPB students other than CCJO majors may register for Criminal Justice online courses.

Administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

UTPB’s undergraduate Criminology program is participating in an online consortium with The University of Texas campuses at Arlington (UTA), and Brownsville (UTB). On occasion, other UT campuses offer courses through the consortium as well. Through the consortium, it is possible for a student to earn a B.S. in Criminal Justice, entirely online, from UTA, UTB, or UTPB. With the approval of their academic advisors, UTPB students other than CCJO majors may register for Criminal Justice online courses (See Course Listing below).

The online B.S. degree in Criminal Justice offered by UTA, UTB, and UTPB consists of 66 hours of coursework which are intended to provide the student with an in-depth exposure to the American criminal justice system. There are 20 courses (60 hours) that a student must complete and a list of electives from which a student must select two courses (six hours). Students wishing to pursue this degree should see a UTPB Criminology faculty member.

Leadership Studies

Administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The B.A. degree in Leadership Studies is a degree program that focuses on the study and understanding of leadership needed in the post-industrial world of the 21st century. Leaders need to be able to read critically, think analytically and communicate effectively. Scholarly understanding of the theory and history of leadership is required as well as the conceptual skills of team building, collaboration, innovation, conflict resolution, communication and problem solving. In addition to appropriate coursework, a field experience component is also required.

This degree prepares students to take positions in social agencies of various types, governmental entities and a wide range of private, not-for-profit groups.

Political Science

Administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The purpose of the Political Science program is to provide an in-depth study of American government and politics to give students a basic knowledge of political systems and how institutions of government operate to solve social and political problems. U. T. Permian Basin’s Political Science program is oriented primarily toward the study of American government and politics and secondarily toward comparative government with supporting study in international relations. Students will be encouraged to develop a global perspective which will prepare them to assume leadership roles in shaping the future direction of society.

A wide variety of career opportunities are open to students majoring in political science, including the U. S. Foreign Service, specialized work in foreign countries, the federal government, foundations, private organizations, city management and other types of public administration and public service as well as others less directly related to government. Pre-Law students find the study of political science appropriate preparation for law school. A major in political science is suitable for students planning to teach government or social studies. Graduates in political science earn a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree with a major in political science and a minor in a secondary field of study.

Social Work

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Social Work Program at UTPB was fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in June, 2007, and re-accredited with Full Accreditation in June, 2011 for the standard CSWE 8-year cycle. All graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the LBSW licensing examination given by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Social Workers, and therefore eligible to be licensed as baccalaureate social workers in the state of Texas.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Social work program is to train generalist social work professionals capable of providing culturally competent services within diverse, multicultural communities. Through all its activities, the program seeks to foster the fulfillment of human potential, promote social and economic justice, and contribute to the development of a social culture that respects the dignity and worth of all members of society.

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to provide training to prepare graduates for entry level generalist social work practice or for admission to a graduate program in social work. Such training includes helping students develop and strengthen their sense of social responsibility, appreciation for diversity, understanding of the realities of discrimination and oppression, and knowledge of core social work values, ethics, and skills. Specifically, the BSW program seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • Prepare students for agency based generalist social work practice with individuals, families, and communities
  • Develop/strengthen the ability to apply critical thinking skills in a professional context
  • Understand the effects of diverse backgrounds and membership in a population-at-risk on individuals, families, and communities, and the mechanisms of oppression and discrimination
  • Understand that the professional roles and responsibilities of social workers include efforts to promote social and economic justice and alleviate unjust social, political, and economic conditions
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out professional practice congruent with the NASW Code of
  • Ethics, including the ability to practice without discrimination based on group membership The Bachelor in Social Work program prepares graduates to work in a variety of public and private service settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health clinics, family service agencies, Texas regulatory agencies, schools, police and sheriff’s departments, and a wide variety of other state, community, non-profit and for-profit agencies.

Sociology

Joanna Hadjicostandi, PhD
Associate Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator
BA, Sociology, Greenwich University, England; MA, PhD (1987), Sociology, Northeastern University. Boston, MA

Born in Alexandria, Egypt of Greek parents and having lived and traveled in many countries globally, Dr. Hadjicostandi has a wide knowledge of Sociology, globalization, cultural diversity and multiculturalism. Her teaching and research interests include international development, migration, gender, race, social class, ethnicity, community development and labor markets.

Administered by the Department of Social Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior within a society. It emphasizes human interaction within group settings, diversity of cultures and societies, factors that influence social behavior within institutions, formal and informal organizations, and the study of various social groups.

The sociology program at U. T. Permian Basin is committed to the personal, analytical and professional development of its students. The faculty is committed to developing the student’s sensitivity to the human and social condition, coupled with an understanding and ability to participate constructively in the improvement of both. Also, practical applications of sociological knowledge are emphasized.

Sociology offers numerous career fields: including secondary social science teaching, industrial sociology, voluntary organizations, private and government foundations, human resource management, consulting, social research, substance abuse counseling, aging, health and illness, law enforcement, ministry, consumer behavior, diversity training, demographic analysis, social work and other related social service organizations.

Sociology majors will take course work in sociology or related cross-listed courses. The sociology advisor will assist in developing a degree plan that best suits the needs of the individual student.

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