Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
The Criminal Justice program serves to prepare majors for professional careers in the criminal justice system. Program objectives include 1) understand the responsibilities, interrelationships and career dynamics of law enforcement, the court and correctional components within the criminal justice system; 2) gaining practical and theoretical knowledge of historical and contemporary principles of both criminal law and evidence from constitutional, statutory, case and scientific perspectives; 3) gain an understanding of the study of criminal behavior and 4) become equipped to apply written and oral communication skills in the criminal justice system.
The Criminal Justice program provides the following two emphases:
Law Enforcement: 1) Understand the dynamics of the law enforcement component from both historic and contemporary perspectives; 2) become aware of the political and psychological complexities of the law enforcement profession and the society which it serves and 3) gain the practical skills and knowledge to plan for changes in law enforcement from a management perspective.
Corrections: 1) Understand the type, nature and characteristics of offenders and the rules and regulations for adult and juvenile correctional institutions and community programs; 2) become aware of the political and psychological complexities of the correctional profession and the society which it serves and 3) gain the practical skills and knowledge to plan for changes in corrections from a management perspective.
Dependent on career orientation, majors are advised to complete an additional major or minor in one or more of the following: Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, or Speech Communication.