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Ruth E. Masters, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus

Office Phone Email
S2 139 559.278-2802

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Ruth E. Masters has been teaching criminology courses at California State University, Fresno since 1970. In addition to being the author of Counseling Criminal Justice Offenders, which won an Author of the Year Award from the National Association of Forensic Counselors in 1999, she is the lead author of Inside Criminology, a text focusing on criminological theory and the lead author of CJ: Realities and Challenges, a text focusing on the criminal justice system. Her research interests can be described as a blend of theoretical and practical issues. In addition to counseling criminal justice offenders, her research interests include corrections, addiction, criminological theory, and cross-cultural administration of justice.

She has taught Administration of Justice courses in Amsterdam, Argentina, China, France, Italy, Greece, Belgium, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Scotland, Brazil, Hong Kong, Prague, Peru, China, Turkey, Ireland, Israel, Thailand, and New Zealand. She has worked as a juvenile parole agent intern and as a parole agent in the California Department of Corrections, primarily with addicted adult felons. She received her doctorate in higher education from the University of Southern California, her master's degree in criminology from California State University, Fresno, and her bachelor's in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Courses Taught

  • Crim 100: Criminology
  • Crim 134: Criminal Justice Counseling
  • Crim 139: Criminal Justice Counseling Skills Practicum
  • Crim 141: Alcohol, Drugs and Criminality

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