Mark Cooney

Professor of Sociology

Contact Info

Office:
Baldwin Hall

Mark Cooney is the author of Is Killing Wrong? A Study in Pure Sociology. Dr. Cooney obtained the Ph. D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia (1991) after undergraduate and advanced legal studies in his native Ireland and the Unitied States. He teaches Criminology (SOCI 3810) and the Sociology of Morality (SOCI 4800). For additional information please click here.

John Newton

Instructor in Criminal Justice Studies

Contact Info

Office:
Hodgson Oil Building

John Newton, Emergency Operations Manager for the Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness, earned the Ph. D. in Poltical Science from UGA and teaches Criminal Law (POLS 4730) and Criminal Procedure (POLS 4720).

POLS/SOCI 4905

Criminal Justice Practice
Credit Hours:
1

Case studies and guest talks are used to examine the work, culture, and work settings of various criminal justice practitioners, assess ethical issues in criminal justice practice, and learn new directions in the field. One hour class (S/U)

Semester Offered:
Spring
Level:

POLS/SOCI 3700

Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Credit Hours:
3

Fundamental principles of social science research and related research design. Structured to develop students' abilities to think clearly, critically, and logically about social science issues through the scientific evaluation of empirical issues and evidence.

pre-requisites: POLS/SOCI 1101

Semester Offered:
Fall
Spring
Level:

SOCI 3810

Criminology
Credit Hours:
3

The nature, extent, and correlates of crime; theories of criminal behavior and victimization.

Pre-requisite: SOCI 1101, 1101H, 2600

Semester Offered:
Fall
Spring
Level:

Criminal Justice Alumni Panel

2017 Alumni Panel
Pinnacle Room, Baldwin Hall

The CJ Alumni Panel is held every year during the fall term - on the day before the UGA Homecoming Game.   – Let us know if you would like to participate email Mr Todd Krohn.

Since 1995, the Panel has provided our current CJ majors an opportunity to meet with many alums in their chosen field. The panel members offer advice in various areas of the CJ field including law, law enforcement, probation, parole, juvenile justice, academia, and loss prevention/asset protection.   Over 100 alumni have generously donated their time to participate in this valuable learning opportunity for our students.

The annual Alumni Panel provides a unique instructional opportunity for both current students and UGA graduates. Current students clearly benefit from hearing from former students who have built successful careers in public service and security and who have invaluable advice to share. Among the many “pointers” offered by alumni in past  panels is the need to be fluent in a foreign language, the importance of writing and other communication skills, the value of internships, the importance of out-of-classroom conduct, the growing emphasis on graduate education and degrees, and the need to continue both training and education. In this regard, the alumni provide important feedback on SPIA and Arts and Sciences undergraduate programs and provide ways for faculty and staff to strengthen our instructional efforts.

Last year’s program was very successful, in large part because so many alumni and students participated. Invaluable assistance and support is also offered by UGA Career Services and the UGA Alumni Association.

The legal profession has been represented by private attorneys as well as both Public Defenders and District Attorneys and members of the Solicitor General’s Offices. Other panelists have come from Victim-Witness Programs, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, the Georgia Department of Probation and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles as well as the GBI. Federal career opportunities have been represented by agents from the FBI, DEA, ATF, and ICE. Other attendees have come from the U. S. Customs and Border Patrol, U. S. Secret Service, U. S. Marshals and the U. S. Armed Forces. Local law enforcement has been represented by officers from Athens-Clarke County Police, Gwinnett County Police Department, Cobb County Police Department, the UGA Police Department, and the Atlanta Police Department.

POLS 3600

Criminal Justice Administration
Credit Hours:
3

The actors and agencies in the administration of criminal law in the United States. Surveys processes critical to criminal punishment: arrest, bail, prosecution, conviction, sentencing, and corrections.

Prerequisite: POLS 1101

Semester Offered:
Fall
Spring
Level: