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McMurry University will be offering a new criminology major this fall

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - McMurry University will be offering a new bachelor of arts degree beginning this fall, as well as welcoming a new professor into their midst.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology will be offering a bachelor of arts degree in criminology .

McMurry University is proud to welcome Dr. Daniel Patten into the Department of Sociology and Criminology. He previously taught in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Western Michigan University. He has also authored many articles on criminology and has presented his work at numerous conferences.

Dr. Patten earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Purdue University, and another bachelor's degree in sociology from Indiana State University. He received his master's degree in sociology from Old Dominion University and his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. He is currently a member of the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association.

The new criminology major will focus on the causes of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system. Course titles include Criminology, Wrongfully Convicted, Serial Murder Investigations, Crime and Punishment and more.

“Studying criminology at McMurry will be distinctive in a number of ways. First, the progression of courses is developed around the scientific examination of the ‘nature, extent, cause, and control of criminal behavior’,” said Dr. Robert Wallace, professor and department chair. “Another unique focus of studying criminology at McMurry is being exposed to the issue of convicting an innocent person.”

“It is our hope that with the new Criminology major, we will be better able to meet the needs of our students and our community,” said Dr. Wallace. “We are proud that we will now be able to provide our students the opportunity to graduate with a major in this exciting area!”

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