The mission of the Criminal Justice Department is to impart knowledge and promote critical thinking about the crime problem, and its control through criminal justice institutions and public cooperation. Students receive comprehensive criminal justice education with courses taken in the areas of criminal law, criminology, policing, courts, corrections, and crime prevention, in the context of general and liberal arts education, with background in the social sciences. The main aim of the department is to help students develop the knowledge and analytical abilities to become agents of change in criminal just organizations and serve well the communities in which they are located.
The learning objectives for the students in criminal justice are to:
- Develop Knowledge of criminal justice theories and practices, and professional abilities to address criminal justice issues for crime control.
- Gain a liberal arts education to help understand human behavior and cultural diversity, and follow ethically fair practices and integrative values to serve and live in a democratic society.
- Develop abilities and skills to analyze crime and criminal justice issues in a disciplined and critical manner for policy-making and problem-solving.
NOTE: The entire course inventory is not offered each semester. Students are advised to plan ahead when making decisions about their semester schedules.