UMUC and Frostburg State University Join Forces to Realign Criminal Justice Degree Program at the University System of Maryland Hagerstown

University of Maryland University College adds criminal justice degree program at University System of Maryland at Hagerstown

By Kerry O'Neill ( |   March 7, 2008

ADELPHI, Md. (Mar. 7, 2008) –University of Maryland University College (UMUC) today announced that it is partnering with Frostburg State University (FSU) to realign their curricular offerings in law-related studies, with a focus on criminal justice, at the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown (USMH) location starting this fall.

As part of this effort, FSU will be phasing out its related Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies degree in criminal justice at the Hagerstown location. During this transition, UMUC will add its Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice to the list of programs it already offers at USMH.

UMUC’s criminal justice program focuses on educating students about the principles of crime and justice, trends in crime and criminal conduct and methods of prevention, along with basic skills, methods, and procedures of the criminal justice system. FSU’s degree in criminal justice will continue to be available on the Frostburg campus.

“We are excited about making our criminal justice degree program accessible to students in Hagerstown, in order to better serve the educational needs of students in the region, while optimizing the use of resources at both UMUC and Frostburg State University,” said UMUC President Susan C. Aldridge. “We have worked extensively with Frostburg State University to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for all current and future students.”

All students currently working toward this degree at USMH from Frederick Community College (FCC) and Hagerstown Community College (HCC) have been informed of the transition and will have the option of completing the program through either FSU or UMUC. UMUC staff will work to ensure that each student has the necessary academic advisement and other services needed to provide a seamless transition to the new program.