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The Criminal Justice Department

Mission Statement:
The Criminal Justice Department is committed to providing a comprehensive interdisciplinary undergraduate education that fosters analytical, critical, and creative thinking skills. We focus on theory and practice of criminal justice systems and are committed to providing a variety of in and out of classroom instruction, internships, and extracurricular activities. Our curriculum is designed to motivate students to successfully achieve our learning goals and career objectives in a culturally diverse and globally interdependent community.

Program Goals:

  1. To help students develop an in depth understanding of the major components of the criminal justice system.
  2. To help students develop a theoretical understanding of the causes, consequences and control of crime and criminal behavior.
  3. To help students master critical, creative thinking and analytical reasoning skills and techniques in relation to criminal justice and criminological issues.
  4. To facilitate an understanding of the multiple dimensions of diversity and related ethical issues.
  5. To help students master oral and written communication as it pertains to criminal justice topics and issues.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will have an in depth understanding of the major components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Students will have an understanding of and ability to apply theories to the causes, consequences and control of crime and criminal behavior
  3. Students will be able to use critical, creative thinking and analytical reasoning skills in relation to criminal justice and criminological issues.
  4. Students will understand the multiple dimensions of diversity and how it impacts process and outcomes within criminological contexts.
  5. Students will begin to master oral and written communication as it pertains to criminal justice topics and issues.