Concentration - Criminal Justice

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Concentration - 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. This concentration requires a minimum of 36 credits.

Concentration Requirements:

Requirement Credits
Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits
One of the following: Criminology, Sociology of Crime, Nature of Crime, Theories of Crime 3 credits
Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 credits
Diversity in Criminal Justice (examples: ethnicity, gender or race) 3 credits
Statistics 3 credits
Evaluation Research or Research Methods 3 credits
One of the following: Computer Programming, Introduction to Computer Science*, Introduction to MIS* 3 credits
One of the following: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Civil Rights 3 credits
Criminal Justice Electives: Additional credits in Criminal Justice subjects or related subject area 9 credits
Capstone - CRJ 499 (Culminating course in concentration) 3 credits

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

Notes: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.

Computer Science credits must have been earned no longer than 5 years prior to submitting the concentration proposal.

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.