The University of Utah will offer a new degree in criminal justice administration this fall to meet the needs of Utah's law enforcement agencies.

The program is a cooperative effort between the U.'s Center for Public Affairs and Administration and the Department of Political Science.Students may now earn a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in criminal justice administration. The program is designed for students interested in administering corrections, law enforcement and judicial systems programs.

Gary DeLand, director of the Utah Department of Corrections, suggested the program a year ago to meet Utah's need for trained administrators. In the past, people who wanted these administrative skills attended schools in other states.

DeLand will teach "corrections administration," one of four new courses developed for the program. John Nielsen, Utah Director of Public Safety, will teach "law enforcement administration." Both courses will be offered this fall.

Two other courses, "corrections law" and "research issues in criminal justice" will be taught in subsequent quarters. Other course work appropriate for the concentration will be offered by the departments of educational psychology, family and consumer studies, political science, psychology and sociology, and by the College of Law and Graduate School of Social Work.

For additional information, contact the U. of U. Center for Public Affairs and Administration at 581-6781.