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Brief History

Brief History

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. Yueh-Chung Ma, now serving as the Department of Criminology of CCU. The Dept, continues to be ranked as the leading academic institute of Criminology and Criminal justice in Taiwan.


Educational Goals 

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 have been well implemented so far. Moreover, we also have been connecting various criminal justice agencies for creating practicum opportunities for students to incumbate our graduates with high academic quality.



Multiple curriculums

The undergraduate program of the department includes the criminology, criminal psychology, juvenile delinquency, counseling psychology, social work, criminal law, corrections, police science, and psychiatry etc.

Practicum and extracurricular activity

In addition to regular in-class curriculum, the undergraduate program of the department contains the 240-hour practicum in social work, probational, or correctional agencies to create opportunity for students to learn in the real sites.

First program of criminal justice

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.

High quality criminal justice practitioners

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 create opportunity to learn from each other

Internationalization research and teaching

The department have currently established the academic exchange program cooperated with other programs of foreign countries.

Crime prevention

The department have 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.