State approves new bachelor's degrees at Miami's regional campuses

Signing the degree programs

Chancellor John Carey (center) signs official document approving two new bachelor degrees at the regional campuses. President David Hodge (left) and Provost Bobby Gempesaw (right), along with Daniel Hall, chair, justice and community studies, and Cathy Bishop-Clark, interim associate dean, witness the signing.

Miami University's regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown will launch two new four-year degree programs in the department of justice and community studies beginning this fall.

Chancellor John Carey of the Ohio Board of Regents gave official approval to the new degrees at a signing ceremony March 13 in Oxford.

Miami University’s bachelor’s degree in civic and regional development is designed to develop skills in leadership, administration, communication and critical analysis, along with a foundation in democratic and community practice and problem-solving that will prepare students to work in nonprofit organizations, service agencies and local government.

The bachelor’s degree in forensic science and investigation will prepare students for jobs in criminalistics or in law enforcement.  This degree will have two majors, forensic science and forensic investigation. The forensic science major is intended to serve students who are interested in working in criminalistics as crime scene technicians and in lab and similar environments.  The forensic investigation major is for those who are interested in, or who are currently employed in, law enforcement.

“We are excited to offer Miami degrees that are designed to provide graduates with skills needed in the workplace,” said Daniel Hall, chair of the justice and community studies department.

“The degree in civic and regional development deepens the commitment of the regional campuses to the development of our communities.  Through the bachelor of science in forensic science and investigation, Miami intends to produce students who have the scientific, legal, ethical and investigative knowledge needed to work in the forensics and law enforcement fields.”

The department of justice and community studies is part of the College of Professional Studies and Applied Sciences at Miami University’s regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown.

“These new degrees are part of the broader mission for Miami's Hamilton and Middletown campuses, which also includes the opportunity for students to begin here and relocate,” said Michael Pratt, regional campus dean.