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Profile: Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Release Date:
10/8/2009 2:05 PM
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Criminal Justice
 
While most colleges offer one B.A. in Criminal Justice, the University of New Haven offers eight separate degrees, preparing our students for a variety of career options in Investigative Services, Crime Analysis, Law Enforcement Administration, International Justice and Security, Forensic Psychology, Juvenile and Family Justice, Victim Services and Corrections. 
 
Fire Science
 
UNH offers four distinct degrees in the area of Fire Science: Arson Investigation, Fire Science Administration, Fire Science Technology and Fire Protection Engineering. Students have the opportu-nity to double major in multiple areas, with the most common being Arson Investigation and Fire Administration. 
 
Forensic Science
 
Founded in 1975 by world renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry C. Lee, the Forensic Science program at UNH is one of the nation’s premier programs. It is one of only a handful that is fully accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) through the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). All students begin the program as a Forensic Science student taking a core of biology, chemistry and calculus along with their other classes. During their sophomore year, students have the opportunity to choose a concentration in chemistry or biology. Students can study the areas of DNA Analysis and Toxicology through these two concentrations. Students may also study the area of Forensic Pathology, a combination of the areas of Forensic Science and Biology – Premedical. 
 
Legal Studies
 
UNH offers three separate degrees in Dispute Resolution, Paralegal Studies and Public Affairs. The legal studies concentrations prepare students to continue their studies in law school or graduate school, or to begin a career in the field of law. 
 
Experiential Education
 
Programs in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences not only include learning by classroom instruction, but faculty-mentored research, student internships, cooperative education, study abroad and field studies. The University of New Haven’s location offers many opportunities for student internships and experiences locally in the area as well as major cities like New York City and Boston. Faculty that teach in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences have over 300 years of actual work experience in the field and practical knowledge! Faculty members include current and recent chiefs of fire departments, the Deputy Director of Homeland Security for the State of Connecticut, the former head of the Connecticut State Crime Lab, lawyers, FBI agents, the lead investigator on the Ted Bundy and Green River Killer cases, police officers and many more distinguished professionals. 
 
Internships
 
Students in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences have had practical hands-on internships in hundreds of locations. Our students have real experience in these areas, shadowing what actual employees in their field are doing. They go to crime scenes, participate in training activities, and assist lawyers during trials. Whether it is close to home or near UNH students have taken internships in police stations, the Connecticut State Crime Lab, courtrooms, law offices, and fire departments. Students have also done internships in high level offices such as FEMA, the FBI, <br />and the Department of Defense.
 
Facilities
 
Our Criminal Justice and Forensic Science programs are strengthened by the National Crime Scene Training and Technology Center, the National Cold Case Center, the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, a Cyber Crime Lab, a DNA Lab with state-of-the-art Genetic Analyzers, a Scan Electron Microscope, the Center for Victims’ Rights, and Institute for Public Affairs. Our Fire Science program also offers students access to unique areas such as the new Levy Family Arson Investigation Lab with portable classrooms that are replicas of a living room, bedroom and kitchen. Students get to investigate an actual fire scene in a highly technological and controlled environment. Other facilities include our Fire Detection and Control Lab, Dynamics Lab, Sprinkler Lab, and Fire Equipment Display. Legal Studies students receive practical hands-on training in local law offices and courtrooms. They study alternative methods for resolving disputes through civil or criminal legal systems as well as the application of law to public policy concerns and governmental regulations. 
 
New Forensic Science Building
 
A new Forensic Science Building is scheduled to open in Fall 2010. The new state-of-the-art facility will incorporate a Forensic Science Museum, dedicated to Dr. Henry Lee’s most famous cases such as, O.J. Simpson, Laci Peterson, Jon Benet Ramsey, and Martha Moxley. Other areas in the building will include an updated Crime Scene Training and Technology Center, a teleforensics <br />command center where students will have access to live crime scene feeds, and amphitheater style classrooms which can also be used for criminal justice conferences and seminars.
 
Unique Courses
 
The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences offers specialized courses in Crime Scene Investigation, Counterterrorism, <br />Advanced Investigative Techniques,Death Investigation, Forensic Psychology, Computer Crime, Crime Mapping, National Security, Network Security, Legal Psychology, Internet Vulnerabilities, Criminal Activity, White Collar Crime, Arson for Profit, Emergency Incident Management, Emergency Scene Operations, Fire Detection and Control, Fire Investigation I and II, Fire Protection Law, Municipal Fire Administration.