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Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

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

Ethics in Criminal Justice


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.

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.