Program mission statement
The criminal justice major provides a balanced liberal arts education
within the interdisciplinary social sciences curriculum. The major and minor
concentrations in criminal justice prepare students to appreciate the
complexity of America’s criminal justice system; assume positions within the
criminal justice field; and pursue further graduate or law study upon
completion of the undergraduate degree.
Program goals, objectives and outcomes
A student completing the criminal justice major will meet the following
- Demonstrate knowledge of the three major areas of America’s criminal
justice system (Police, Courts, and Corrections).
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major criminological theories that
attempt to explain delinquent and criminal behavior.
- Demonstrate an understanding of diverse populations and cultures
within the context of 21st century American class society and our
criminal justice system.
- Develop and exhibit critical thinking skills.
- Demonstrate familiarity with, and be able to critique, important
criminal justice issues.
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of the value of social
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of criminal justice