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Criminal Justice

The concentration in Criminal Justice offers an interdisciplinary foundation within the liberal arts and sciences. Beyond the core of criminal justice academic work, students choose a focus to prepare for a variety of professional roles, including corrections, offender rehabilitation, substance abuse counseling, conflict resolution, policy development, law enforcement and law.

Concentration Requirements:

Introduction to Criminal Justice* 3cr

One of the following:Criminology, Sociology of Crime, Nature of Crime, Theories of Crime

3cr
Ethics in Criminal Justice

3cr

Diversity in Criminal Justice (examples: ethnicity, gender or race) 3cr
Statistics 3cr
Evaluation Research or Research Methods 3cr

One of the following:Computer Programming, Introduction to
Computer Science*, Introduction to MIS*

Note: Computer Science credits must have been earned no longer than 10 years prior to submitting the concentration proposal.

3cr
One of the following: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights 3cr
Electives: Additional credits in Criminal Justice subjects or related subject area 9cr
Capstone 3cr

* Will not satisfy part of the upper level requirements in the concentration

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Criminal Justice will be able to:

  1. explain the scope and nature of the three major components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections;
  2. apply the theoretical models that attempt to explain the causes of crime;
  3. explain how the fair and just operation of the criminal justice system is dependent upon the ethical and professional behavior of those working in the criminal justice system;
  4. apply research and statistics to the analysis of data; and
  5. communicate effectively.