The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice offers courses in anthropology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. Students may earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in sociology or criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in sociology or criminal justice, a Master of Arts degree with a major in applied sociology or a Master of Arts in applied sociology with a criminal justice certificate. The Department currently has approximately five hundred majors.
Old Dominion University's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice, and Norfolk State University's Department of Sociology, also offer a joint Master of Arts - Applied Sociology Major. This graduate degree is designed to serve as professional training for students seeking employment in federal, state and local government agencies or in private-sector organizations. In addition, the M.A. - Applied Sociology Major provides training in the fundamentals of sociology for students wishing to pursue a Ph.D in the social sciences. The Master of Arts program gives training in both theory and social research methods and offers the opportunity to concentrate in three areas of specialization: sociology, criminal justice, and women's studies. Approximately half of the programs core courses and electives are taken at each institution.
The criminal justice collection also supports a variety of other undergraduate and graduate level programs at ODU. At the undergraduate level, criminal justice courses are integrated into the "perspectives - social science" area of the general education core. Additionally, the criminal justice collection supports undergraduate and graduate level work in the areas of psychology, sociology, women's studies, urban studies, political science and public administration and pre-law.
To support these program offerings the library must collect a broad base of criminal justice materials at the undergraduate level, and a narrower range of material at the graduate and research levels. The areas of heaviest concentration are violence and victim studies, corrections, policing, and juvenile delinquency.
English will be the primary language of the collection. English language translations of foreign works will be collected on a selective basis. Non-English language materials will generally not be collected, although exceptions are possible in special circumstances.
Chronological Treatment of Subject Guidelines:
The collection development emphasis will be on current topics in both applied and theoretical areas.
The United States is the primary geographical area to be emphasized. However, the University's increasing emphasis on internationalization dictates that works pertaining to other regions, especially, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia be acquired selectively. Works related to criminal justice in the Virginia region should be collected extensively.
Treatment of Subject:
Historical works and scholarly biographies will be collected selectively. Non-scholarly monographs detailing specific criminal cases and investigations will be acquired only on a highly selective basis.
Types of Material:
ODU Library will collect scholarly monographs including bibliographies, conference proceedings, and reference works. It will maintain on-site access to core criminal justice periodicals and to bibliographic databases designed to facilitate access to criminal justice literature. In addition, the library will offer access points to criminal justice related information that is not available on-site including online database services and Internet accessible resources. The Library may selectively acquire audio-visual materials and digital numeric data sets.
Date of Publication:
Current materials published within the past five years will receive priority. Older materials may be selectively acquired in order to fill in weak areas of the collection or as the research emphasis of the department changes.
Other General Considerations:
The library's Silverplatter subscription offers remote access to a number of databases containing criminal justice related articles, including Criminal Justice Abstracts and PsycInfo.
Virginia State documents are also crucial for students and faculty working on local/regional criminal justice subjects. The library is part of the state depository library system and should continue its participation in this program.
A considerable amount of international criminal justice related material is available through the United Nations Criminal Justice Information Network (UNCJIN). The UNCJIN maintains a Web site at http://www.ifs.univie.ac.at/~uncjin/uncjin.html.
Recent collection assessment shows the criminal justice collection is relatively strong in all areas. The library will need to focus on expanding collection access to students at the new Virginia Beach Higher Education Center and other remote locations. Review of current journal holdings for deletions and additions would also be preferable.
Discipline: Criminal Justice
Bibliographer: Stuart Frazer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
|HM217||Crime - Sociological Aspects||3b|
|Violence||4||Area of faculty research|
|HV5800-5840||Drug Abuse||4||Area of faculty research|
|HV6250.4.W65||Women - Crimes Against||4||Area of faculty research|
|HV7231-9960||Criminal Justice, Admin of||3b|
|HV7431||Crime - Prevention||3|
|HV8301-9920||Prisons||4||Area of faculty research|
|HV9279||Community Based Corrections||3b|