Program Outcomes

The Learning Outcomes for students majoring in criminal justice consist of the following:

1. Knowledge and Understanding

Consistent with the criteria established by the Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences (ACJS), students will acquire a thorough knowledge and understanding of (1) administration of justice, (2) corrections, (3) criminological theory, (4) law adjudication, (5) law enforcement, and (6) research and analytic methods.

Content Area Knowledge and Understanding
Administration of Justice Contemporary criminal justice system, major systems of social control and their policies and practices, victimology, juvenile justice; comparative criminal justice
Corrections History, theory, practice and legal environment, development of correctional philosophy, incarceration, diversions, community-based corrections, treatment of offenders
Criminological Theory The nature and causes of crime, typologies, offenders, and victims
Law Adjudication Criminal law, criminal procedures, prosecution, defense, and court procedures and decision-making
Law Enforcement History, theory, practice and legal environment, police organization, discretion, and subculture
Research and Analytic Methods                           Quantitative - including statistics - and qualitative methods for conducting and analyzing criminal justice research in a manner appropriate for undergraduate students 

2. Critical Thinking

Students will learn and demonstrate critical thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to problem solving by selecting and organizing information, identifying assumptions and causal relationships, distinguishing between verifiable facts and value claims, determining the credibility of sources, distinguishing between warranted or unwarranted reasons or conclusions, detecting biases, and evaluating appropriate problem solving strategies, their feasibility and efficacy.

3. Effective Communication

Students will be able to communicate effectively, in writing and verbally, in a clear, concise, articulate, literate, and professional manner consistent with the conventions of the English language, of college writing, and with those specific to the discipline of law and criminal justice.

4. Information and Technological Literacy

Students will be able to demonstrate information literacy and technological competency utilizing the most current computer-based library computer systems and academic databases, governmental resources, and other bono-fide informational resources to facilitate the study of criminal justice and criminology.

Students will possess the knowledge, understanding, and ability to employ state-of-the-art technologies common to academia and the criminal justice profession to conduct research and present their findings in writing, orally, and visually.

5. Ethical and Professional Behavior

Students will learn to identify, evaluate, assess, and employ appropriate legal, ethical, and professional behaviors and practices within all aspects of their life, including, but not limited to an academic and criminal justice environment.

Students will learn to recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of different social, racial, cultural, socio-cultural and international perspectives to better prepare them for diverse people and ideas within criminal justice and criminology.