Program Mission & Learning Outcomes

Program Mission

The Criminal Justice major prepares students for careers as well as advanced studies through a combination of courses in criminal justice, psychology, and sociology, providing an interdisciplinary understanding of the nature of crime as well as the processes that prevent and respond to crime. Additionally, the program considers justice principles and methods of social control and their applications to various areas within the criminal justice system.
Through the analysis of crime, justice, and social control, students will develop a personal definition of justice, a fuller understanding of the world in which they live, and the ability to identify careers and strategies for action. The program emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills as students examine crime, criminal behavior, social control, and theories of justice.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program will provide students with the opportunity to develop the following competencies:

  • Discuss the development and philosophies of the disciplines of the criminal justice system as they relate to both adults and juveniles
  • Describe and analyze the present day role, responsibilities, authority, and practices of the disciplines of the criminal justice system
  • Demonstrate competency in understanding the nature of the relationship between and among the disciplines of the criminal justice system
  • Explain the social and political forces that impact the criminal justice system, its practitioners, and its clients
  • Analyze the theories of crime and deviance and critique the effectiveness of their practical application to behavioral changes
  • Apply professional standards of writing and research to criminal justice issues
  • Discuss the ethical theories and the values that guide criminal justice professions
  • Demonstrate professional competencies to meet the needs of career opportunities and requirements for employment in the disciplines of the criminal justice system

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