Learning Outcomes — Criminal Justice

  • Students will learn the major concepts, case law, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and basic structures involved with law enforcement, the criminal court system, and corrections, including the causes of crime and delinquency.
  • Students will understand and be able to use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Students will obtain realistic ideas and field experiences related to their pursuit of careers and graduate study in the field of criminal justice.
  • Students will demonstrate research and information competency with traditional and computer-based library systems, governmental resources, and media outlets to facilitate the study of criminal justice and criminology.
  • Students will use and demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving.
  • Students will learn to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity to better prepare them for diverse people and ideas within criminal justice and criminology.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills within a liberal arts foundation to better prepare them for any career in the criminal justice or graduate school.