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Criminal Justice Department

Learning Outcomes

Educational Objectives (Student Learning Outcomes)
The Department of CJ programs produce certain learning outcomes as outlined below. 

B.S in Criminal Justice
Learning Outcomes

Students will gain a holistic open-systems perspective, and a comprehensive understanding of the functions of the criminal justice system with its various components surrounded by a broader legal, administrative, political, and social structure.

Students will comprehend the premises of the theoretical perspectives of criminology in regards to the etiology of general and recent patterns of criminal behavior, and how these theories have influence in the current operations of the criminal justice system.  Students will also be capable of synthesizing and implementing the theoretical perspectives in developing new policies, programs, and solutions to the problems regarding crime and delinquency.

Students will grasp the historical, legal, and philosophical foundations, as well as administrative and criminal procedural functions of modern law enforcement. Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding on contemporary challenges facing law enforcement, as well.

Students will comprehend the fundamental principles of substantive and procedural criminal law as a crucial method of formal social control in society. They will gain sensitivity to distinguish correctly between concepts of criminal law and they will grasp an understanding on how these concepts are affecting the criminal justice system’s practices and procedures. In addition, students will be able to point out and appreciate the significance of court cases in the overall substantive criminal and procedural law.

Students will be asked to fully grasp the history and fundamental concepts of the juvenile justice system and be able to compare and contrast to the criminal justice system. They will comprehend and integrate the various theoretical explanations to juvenile status and delinquent behavior as well as child and youth victimization. In addition, students will be able to identify and understand juvenile justice legal terminology, including juvenile rights and essential juvenile case law. Subsequently, they will be expected to understand the roles and influence of personnel in law enforcement, court (adult and juvenile) and correctional professions as it applies to the juvenile justice system. Finally, students will learn the impact rehabilitation has on the entire juvenile justice system including adjudication and corrections, acknowledging the various strategies and programs designed to prevent and reduce youth crime.

Students will trace the history and philosophies of correctional systems and identify the different ideologies and goals associated with the evolution of punishment and rehabilitation. Students will implement proper assessment, diagnostic techniques, classification, treatment, placement, and case management strategies for all typologies of offenders and be attentive to the most common targets for correctional interventions. Students will explore the role of correctional settings in the criminal justice system and critique various legal outcomes, policies, and practices that influence correctional implementation, personnel operations, and offender experiences. Students will be able to utilize research to evaluate and analyze effective correctional programs as well as evidence-based practices for professionals within correctional environments.

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding and critically examine the U.S. Court system along with the various types, functions, and theoretical aspects of law.  Students will explore the organization of state, federal, and juvenile courts and will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the pretrial and trial process as well as the roles and responsibilities of the primary courtroom actors including prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and juries. They will be able to articulate the influence of extra-legal factors and their differential impact on offender processing and sentencing.  Students will also understand the influence and challenges of contemporary issues facing the court system including caseload, media, alternative dispute resolution, and specialty courts.

Minor in Criminal Justice
This minor will offer students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice and related fields a focused study of the major functions and institutions of the criminal justice system. Through this program, the students will gain an in-depth understanding about crime causation, criminal law, juvenile justice, courts, corrections, and law enforcement.

Minor in Law and Legal Studies
This minor will offer students interested in pursuing a law degree or career in the legal system a focused study of the legal system through study of types of law, legal procedure, courts and legal systems, legal theory, and field placement/internship.  The minor also responds to student and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets to better prepare students for career paths in law and the legal system.

Minor in Offenders, Risk Assessment and Corrections
The minor will offer students interested in pursuing a career in probation, parole, and correctional settings a comprehensive understanding of offender risk assessment, practices and policies in probation/parole, community and institutional corrections.   The minor also responds to student and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets to adequately prepare students for career paths in corrections and offender rehabilitation.

Minor in Police Management and Investigations
The minor will offer students interested in pursuing a career in federal, state, and local law enforcement a comprehensive study of interview and investigation, use of force, and administration and management.  The minor also responds to student demands and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement.

Concentration in CJ Research and Policy Evaluation
This concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate level education and careers in research as well as program/policy development and evaluation. Through this program, students interested in pursuing these paths will be provided with a comprehensive study of research methods, data analysis, policy issues, and an opportunity to conduct research.