Criminal justice

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 three goals:


  • 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 justice.
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of criminal justice research.