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2015-2016 Reminder to Complete FAFSA for Upcoming Academic Year
The Office of Financial Aid at Charter Oak State College would like to remind you that the FAFSA for the 2015-2016 academic year is now available.

Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall Meeting Held
On Monday 9/22, Charter Oak State College held our Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall meeting at our campus and online.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy to Give 2014 Commencement Speech
Graduation to be held June 1

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
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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
TOTAL 36

*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.