Forensic Science Field Studies

The Program

International Relationships and Cultural Diversity of Occupations

The world we live in is seemingly becoming smaller each day.  We are experiencing improved global awareness and communications with worldwide human dilemmas coming not only into our classroom but into our homes via international news.  More feasible economic travel possibilities permit us to erase borders.  What was once different worlds became different states; then, different communities.  We have come to understand that what happens to our neighbors has a direct or indirect bearing on our daily lives.  As such, it is increasingly important that students learn about international relationships and the cultural diversity of people and governments other than their own.

This course, by design, exposes students to a variety of cultures, government, and peoples different from their own.

International Criminal Justice-Forensic Science Field Study is an opportunity for students to study international criminal justice systems.  Students will be exposed to various agencies such as forensic scientists, police, courts, and the correctional systems as well as the juvenile justice of other countries and/or territories.  The learning environments will be at Notre-Dame-de-Foy College, Laval University, and Department of Police Techniques, located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  Studying Canadian Justice System will include the police scientists, national, provincial, and other courts, corrections, juvenile programs, as well as the academic program at the site program.

Dates

31 July - 8 August 2014

Location

Quebec, Canada

Academic Credit

Students will earn three (3) credit hours for participation in CJ 480CA, FSC 497CA, CJ 580CA, or FSC 580CA.

Course Description

Cost

$2499 undergraduate/$2699 graduate

Cost includes round-trip airfare, international student identification card, lodging, and ground transportation in Canada.

*This cost is based on a student enrolled full-time at The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall 2014 semester. Any applicants not meeting this requirement would incur an additional tuition cost of $325.

Deadlines

Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 9 May 2014, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on 6 June 2014. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.

Eligibility

Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA  for undergraduates (or consent of the program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the program Director.

Financing

The Forensic Science Field Studies program qualifies for financial aid in the form of guaranteed student loans, Pell Grants, or applicable graduate assistantships. Students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the International Programs Office before requesting a Study Abroad Financial Aid Application from the University's Financial Aid Office. 

Cancellations and Refunds

Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to 6 June 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The Office of International Programs should be notified,in writing, of all cancellations.

Contact Information

For payment, registration and application information contact:

The Office of International Programs
118 College Drive #5069
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
studyabroad@usm.edu
601.266.4344

For program/course information contact:

Dr. Dean Bertram
Arthell Kelly Hall 103
601.255.5124

 

Field Study Highlights

Representative Program Elements

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Crime Lab
  • Palais de Justice de Quebec
  • Quebec City Police/Crime Scene Unit
  • Military Academy La Citadelle
  • Notre Dame de Foy College
  • Providential Police Academy at Nicolet
  • Assemblée Nationale
  • Tour of Parliament
  • US Consul General
  • Youth Correction Facility
  • Adult Correction Facility
  • Tour of Supreme Court

Activities

  • Tour of Quebec City
  • Tour of Chateau Frontenac
  • Waterfall hike
  • Ferry ride
  • Visit maple sugar shacks
  • Day trip to the City of Ottowa (includes changing of the guards)