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Westminster Announces Program in Justice Studies

Appoints justices studies scholar Allan Patenaude to develop and lead program

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (August 3, 2004)-- Westminster College has appointed Allan Patenaude, Ph.D. to serve as the director of their newly created justice studies program. The new justice studies program Patenaude will direct is currently accepting students for classes that begin fall 2004, and will be offered as either a major or minor. While students in the program will be introduced to core subject knowledge, they will also gain a deep understanding of the cultural, social, political, ethical and psychological inter-relationships out of which justice issues develop. Key to the program is the inter-disciplinary liberal arts approach to justice education that expands the depth and breadth of students' knowledge and experience.

The strong liberal arts foundation in justice studies provides solid ground for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees, law school for example, as well as a wide range of both traditional and non-traditional careers. Justice career choices can include police, social work, corrections, forensics, police liaison and probation and parole work.

Charged with developing the justice studies program, Patenaude brings significant experience to the program including both institutional and community corrections and criminal justice evaluation. He spent the last seven years at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he taught in the Department of Criminal Justice. Prior to that time, he spent more than 15 years in the criminal justice field in various regions of Canada, including locations such as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Iqaluit, Nunavut. Westminster's Dean of Arts and Sciences, Mary Jane Chase, remarked that, "We are extremely fortunate that we were able to attract Dr. Patenaude to come to Westminster. He has the interdisciplinary background to lead this program to success and distinction in the community."

Justice programs are among the fastest growing in the country, and careers in the field are considered relatively recession-proof. Westminster developed its new program with a strong inter-disciplinary approach to better meet the demands of current and future students, as well as those of potential employers.

Located near the foothills of the magnificent Rocky Mountains, Westminster College was founded in 1875. The only private, non-denominational, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah, Westminster is dedicated to preparing students for success in their professional lives and beyond. With a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1, impassioned teaching and active learning are the hallmarks of the Westminster experience. Students are challenged to experiment with ideas in an environment rich with diverse opinions, cultures and people. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Westminster in the top tier of colleges and universities in the Western U.S. for nine consecutive years, and ranks Westminster as one of the top three educational values in the region. For more information, visit