Criminal Justice

About Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary major formulated within a solid liberal arts framework. Besides leading to the obvious career paths (e.g., law enforcement and corrections), the major in Criminal Justice will provide an appropriate foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in other areas. These might include positions in the public service arena or governmental professions including law and the judicial system, and involvement in local or regional politics or public policy activities. As well, the major would provide a good background for individuals seeking opportunities in human services including probation and delinquency or rehabilitation counseling.


The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to prepare well-rounded, ethical keepers of the justice system who are capable of analyzing problems, posing solutions, and critically evaluating policies and programs integral to the criminal justice system.  Formulated within a solid liberal arts framework, the Criminal Justice Program provides students with the perspective necessary to further their education or to begin a rewarding career.

Program Learning Goals

  • Students will be able to locate, analyze, synthesize, and critically evaluate academic, legal, and professional sources of information to identify and address modern justice problems and policy concerns.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in speech and writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the components and ethical issues of major sub-fields of criminal justice.
  • Students will be able to work individually and collaboratively, assess their performance, and take corrective action.
  • Students will be able to display sensitivity and empathy appropriate for diverse populations.
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