The criminal justice studies curriculum is contemporary and reflects a balance of academic emphasis and professional knowledge. A wide range of classes are offered including classes in diversity, international criminal justice, and women in criminal justice. Students in criminal justice studies have the opportunity to engage in internships in various criminal justice agencies.
In their criminal justice studies major students have a choice of concentrations in corrections, law enforcement or pre-law. Students in the corrections or law enforcement concentration are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 for graduation. Pre-law concentration students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 for graduation.
Criminal justice seniors have the opportunity to participate in department sponsored community seminars to make presentations demonstrating their expertise in a criminal justice topic.
Students can obtain the Bachelor of Science degree, a minor, or a certificate in Criminal Justice Studies. The Bachelor of Science degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and the Associate of Science degree a minimum of 60 credit hours. The minor requires 21 credit hours emphasizing acquiring knowledge of the structure and process of the criminal justice system, a basic understanding of criminal law, an introduction to crime causation, ethics and professional focus.
The Director of Criminal Justice Studies is a recognized international author who has published seven texts with major publishing companies on criminal justice and dozens of articles.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies, the graduate will be prepared to:
- Explain the fundamental operations and theories underlying the functioning of the American criminal justice system.
- Explain theories of crime causation and victimization.
- Apply the principles of professionalism to interactions with personnel and clients in criminal justice.
- Explain the interrelationship between due process and public safety.
- Effectively communicate ideas in written and oral forms in various formats such as professional communications and synthesis of research.
- Apply research methodologies to solve problems and to evaluate research data.
- Form critical judgments regarding professional ethics and diversity.