The Criminal Justice program offers an interdisciplinary course of study leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice. The associate in applied science requires students to concentrate their studies in corrections or in law enforcement. The curriculum includes policy and legal issues, qualitative and quantitative research, interpersonal relations and administrative procedures. It integrates writing, computer, and verbal communications skills throughout the program. Computer-based research and analysis play a pivotal role in the criminal justice field. Students, therefore, are required in some cases, and encouraged in others, to also take advantage of computer-based courses in the Geography program.
The Criminal Justice program encourages self-directed intellectual inquiry, problem solving, ethics, and a commitment to human rights as important professional values by offering opportunities for experimental learning both in the classroom and in a variety of Criminal Justice agencies. Criminal Justice is ranked in the top 100 for employment opportunities with both public and private sector career options available. While undergraduate degrees offer entry-level opportunities, upward mobility requires advanced degrees.
On completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of criminal law (i.e., criminal law, constitutional law, and juvenile law)
- Describe how constitutional law principles relate to law enforcement, in particular search & seizure law, the law on confessions, and the law on assistance of counsel
- Explain crime scene investigation and knowledge of forensics by law enforcement agencies used in criminal investigations
- Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law enforcement, courts, and corrections
- Apply critical thinking skills in the reading and interpretation of legal materials (statues, court decisions)
- Locate and interpret current case law and statutes pertaining to specific criminal activity; take action that is supported by current law and statutes
- Effectively communicate through oral and written formats and demonstrate an effective use of technology.
- Identify the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
- Explain the relationship between the criminal justice system and citizens.
- Recognize and apply understanding of the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity
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