The Graduate Institute of Criminology (GIC) was established in August 1996 at the College of Social Science under the leadership of the first Institute Head, Dr. Te-hui Tsai, who was later appointed as the president of Central Police University.
In 1998, the Institute was transferred to under the auspice of the newly established College of Education, because educational measurements had been considered as more appropriate to prevent crimes from occurring.
Two years later, in 2000, GIC launched the Ph. D program, and the next year in 2001, the undergraduate program was also established to make the Institute become a more complete educational program in criminology and criminal justice. At the same time, the Institute was renamed as the Department of Criminology (including Master program, Ph. D. program, and Special Class for part-time Master program). Currently, more than 30 doctoral students, over 100 master students and about 140 undergraduate students are enrolled at the Department.
Dr. Shu-lung Yang, now serving as the vice-president of CCU, led the Department, from 2001 through 2007. Dr. Hua-Fu Hsu is now serving as the chair of the Department of Criminology of CCU. The Department continues to rank as the leading academic institute of Criminology and Criminal justice in Taiwan.
- The undergraduate program of the department includes criminology, criminal psychology, juvenile delinquency, counseling psychology, social work, criminal law, corrections, police science, and psychiatry etc.
- In addition to regular in-class curriculum, the undergraduate program of the department contains a 240-hour practicum in social work, probation, or correctional agencies to create opportunities for students to learn in the real sites.
- The department is the first program of criminal justice established in comprehensive university other than police train school. Under the auspice of the College of Education is another feature, since our graduates can earn educational credits easier to be a middle school teacher.
- The department also includes regular master program, in-service master program, and Ph. D program to train high quality criminal justice practitioners. The in-service graduate students currently hold positions such as school principals, teacher, counselors, social workers, police officers, prosecutors, judges, probation officers, investigators, etc. The department also creates opportunity to learn from each other.
- The department has currently established the academic exchange program cooperated with other programs of foreign countries.
- The department has been establishing cooperative relationship with the government agencies, such as the Health Administration, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education, the Child Bureau, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Council, and Drug Prevention Bureau etc. Based on the relationship, the department can help to establish well-design and evidence-based programs to reduce crimes.
The educational goals of the department was set to integrate several crime-related areas, such as sociology, psychology, social work, law, and psychiatry etc., and adopted interdisciplinary approach to organize the curriculum. The integrative approach has been well implemented so far. Moreover, we also have connected with various criminal justice agencies to create practicum opportunities for students to incubate our graduates with high academic quality.
Crime is a complex problem in human society, so tackling crime problem is by no means an easy task. The department has to keep pace with the most current development of scientific knowledge to make better education and produce deeper research so as to launch better prevention policy and program for the safety of the society. The department will continue to improve the structure of curriculum and the quality of education for future criminal justice practitioners. The department will also strengthen the integration with practice and the connection with international partners, including academic units of related fields from the universities of European countries, American Countries, Australia, well as Asian Countries or regions.
Career Prospects for Graduates
- Working in the fields: After passing civil servant exams or special exams for judicial personnel, our graduates may serve as prison officers, probation/parole officers, assistant prosecutors, investigators, police officers, social workers, high school teachers/counselors, etc.
- Working in academic areas: Our graduates can pursue higher degrees (Master and Ph. D) in academic areas, include criminology & criminal justice, anthropology, neuroscience, counseling or clinical psychology, social work & guidance, law, psychiatry etc.