Student Learning Outcomes
- Develop and implement qualitative and/or quantitative investigative projects from the initial step of topic selection through literature review, data collection and analysis, and writing and presenting criminal justice research.
- Demonstrate knowledge of a specific area of criminal justice, and appropriate scientific methods in conducting independent and group research.
- Illustrate and communicate key criminal justice concepts and their interrelations.
- Understand the substance and centrality of criminal justice theories as they relate to the science and application of criminal justice.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how class, status, race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality impact, and are impacted by the criminal justice process.
The educational goals and objectives of the criminal justice program are as follows:
A major in criminal justice offers students a thorough foundation in criminal justice theories and research methods in the social sciences. There are multiple opportunities for research, service learning, and internships. While completing the major, students may select specialized training in legal studies, law enforcement, or data analysis. Graduates with the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice find employment in a variety of professions and occupations. Some of these include positions in policing (city, county, state, and federal), courts, corrections (jails, prisons, probation, and parole), security (private and industrial), a variety of public service occupations in governmental and nongovernmental organizations.
Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course used to satisfy major requirements, certificates and minor requirements.
A University approved Minor, or Certificate is required for the Criminal Justice Major.
Criminal Justice Majors cannot also earn the Criminal Justice Minor.
First semester seniors are strongly encouraged to meet with their adviser for a pre-graduation check.