The Challenges and Opportunities of Interdisciplinary Doctoral Education in Criminal Justice

Belinda R. McCarthy, University of Central Florida
Bernard McCarthy, University of Central Florida

This paper looks at the development and implementation of an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program involving Social Work, Health Service Administration, Public Administration and criminal Justice. It traces the rapid evolution of the degree program and how it developed tracks to address students interested in continuing their professional careers in agencies and those that wish to puruse an academic career. Finally, the paper considers the assets and liabilities of developing an intergrated but separate Criminal Justice degree.

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