Academic Program Mission Statement:
The safety of citizens and justice for victims and offenders are essential building blocks of our nation. Future law enforcement, criminologists and other social science careers (i.e. child advocates, victim support, court appointed advocates and offender services) must be equipped to “protect and serve” and participate ethically and knowledgeably in the varying areas of the criminal justice system. It is important that future criminologists/ law enforcement officers who are passionate about social issues acquire the research tools necessary to inform policy and practice. The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice educates and prepares students for their futures in law enforcement, courts, corrections, private security, terrorism, emergency management, social services or research. Upon completion, the student will have the solid educational foundation, practical experience, research training and awareness of critical criminal and social justice issues necessary to successfully launch into a career or continue on to graduate-level education. Whether a student wants to have “feet on the ground” or a say in the criminal justice process, a career-focused education grounded in liberal arts is essential to their success!
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Differentiate among and analyze the philosophies, practices and procedures of the major components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, the courts, corrections and related fields.
- Identify, compare, contrast and communicate (orally and written) the major psychological and sociological theories of criminal behavior, crime control and punishment and rehabilitation. The student will also know and display an understanding of historical and current criminal laws, statutes and case law.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major ways crime data are reported, collected, analyzed and interpreted. Demonstrate the ability to analyze statistically such data as to achieve and interpret outcomes. Communicate, both orally and in writing, the ability to demonstrate information from relevant sources and to organize materials for a variety of analytical, evidentiary and decision-making processes.
- Explain theories underlying substantive and procedural protections afforded criminal defendants under federal and state laws and demonstrate an understanding of how these protections affect law enforcement practices, court procedures and corrections. Differentiate rationalizations for individual and group crimes. Demonstrate the ability to assess properly the profile of an unknown suspect given victimology, case information and crime scene staging.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the ethical principles applicable to criminal justice professionals and of the importance of honest, ethical behavior in the achievement of justice. Demonstrate knowledge of key critical issues in criminal justice and identify possible policy or practice implications. Communicate current issues in social justice, criminal defense, victim rights and ethical dilemmas within the various areas of the criminal justice system.
Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise specified.
CJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CO110 Public Speaking
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
MH201 College Algebra or MH203 Survey of Math *
LW229 Criminal Law
PS101 Introduction to Psychology or SS107 Introduction to Sociology
CJ201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ205 Evidence and Court Procedures
CJ206 Criminal Procedure and Rules of Court
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
Criminal Justice Electives (2)
CJ301 Research Methods In Criminal Justice
HU303 United States History Since 1945
LW335 Constitutional Law
SS305 Global Issues
Arts and Science Elective
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective
CJ499 Criminal Justice Internship or CJ498 Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Criminal Justice Elective
LW495 Legal Studies Seminar
Criminal Justice Electives (2)
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
Total Credits Required For Graduation: 121
* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Sciences elective.