Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- November 24, 2003

Cal State L.A. Enhances Program in Criminal Justice and Criminalistics

Los Angeles, CA - California State University, Los Angeles' Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics has been granted the status of School. The newly reconfigured School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics is located within the University's College of Health and Human Services.

The formation of the School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics represents the culmination of several years of structural reorganization, curricular revision, and new faculty recruitment.

"It places the program on equal footing with nationally recognized Schools of Criminal Justice and will enhance the program's potential for recruiting highly qualified students and faculty, for entering the highly competitive world of external funding, and for placing students in highly sought after positions upon graduation," explains Mitchell T. Maki, acting dean for the College of Health and Human Services.

In the fall quarter 2001, the name of the Department of Criminal Justice was changed to the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics. Deborah R. Baskin, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics for the past 8 years and a CSULA faculty member since 1995, directs the School.

Baskin noted that the previous name change reflected the "increasing interest in Criminalistics and continuing growth in the number of students seeking careers in that field."

Baskin, an expert in gender and crime, received her B.A. from SUNY-Buffalo, M.S. from Northeastern University, and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. One of her research projects was funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse to examine women in crime, drug markets and the community context. Her recent grant work focuses on drugs and violence, especially methamphetamines. She has been recognized with an outstanding teacher award from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has also co-published a book, with her husband and colleague Ira Sommers, entitled Casualties of Community Disorder.

CONTACT: Carol Selkin, Media Relations Director, (323) 343-3044


Public Affairs Offices/Campus News
[Bakersfield] [Chancellor's Office] [Channel Islands] [Chico]
[Dominguez Hills] [Fresno] [Fullerton] [Hayward] [Humboldt] [Long Beach] [Los Angeles] [Maritime Academy] [Monterey_Bay] [Northridge] [Pomona] [Sacramento] [San Bernardino] [San Diego] [San Francisco] [San Jose] [San Luis Obispo] [San Marcos] [Sonoma] [Stanislaus]