The Criminal Justice program is dedicated to offering a high quality education to students in the three areas of the criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts and corrections. The program is designed to provide students with a strong liberal arts education while providing the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to pursue careers in municipal, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, not-for-profit social services, and private and public loss prevention. The program utilizes a variety of teaching methods designed to create a stimulating learning environment and to promote learner success.
After successful completion of this program, students will be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in local and state law enforcement, and as support personnel in juvenile justice, social service agencies, corrections, private security, law offices and the criminal courts.
Credit for criminal justice courses may be available to students who submit police and criminal justice-related training and work experience for evaluation.
Upon successful completion of the program requirements, students will be able to:
- Apply terminology to explain the roles and functions of the criminal justice system agencies and think critically about how the criminal system works in a multicultural society;
- Apply constitutional principles that protect the rights of citizens and regulate criminal justice agencies;
- Demonstrate knowledge of theories, principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions and methods of law enforcement;
- Develop proficient writing and research skills needed for a career in law enforcement and criminal justice; and
- Apply scientific methods and quantitative knowledge when processing crime scenes, presenting evidence and evaluating crime statistics.