Mission Statement:

The mission of the criminal justice major is to provide an interdisciplinary program that focuses on theory, criminological research, and the law. The program fosters intellectual growth, academic discipline, effective oral and written expression, and critical understanding of the social forces that form the criminal justice system. The major’s curriculum focuses on the integration of theory and research in the examination of justice, including social justice, criminal justice, and global justice issues.

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice objectives/learning outcomes:

Students completing the Criminal Justice major will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of core criminal justice concepts/principles including the three primary components of the criminal justice system: policing, courts, and corrections.
    • Satisfactory completion of CJ 215 Policy & Society, CJ 304 Law & Evidence, and CJ 308 Impact of Correctional Methods courses with a grade of C or better.
  • Demonstrate their understanding of the forces that inspire, or retard, crime as well as their capacity to articulate and discuss criminological theories and schools of thought.
    • Satisfactory completion of CJ 325 Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency course.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of criminological research including both quantitative and qualitative research designs.
    • Satisfactory completion of SOC 240 Research Methods course.
  • Evaluate and critique criminological theories, research, and policies, and to be able to convey this both verbally and in writing a satisfactory Senior Thesis that meets professional standards.
    • Satisfactory completion of CJ 499 Senior Seminar course.