Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students to serve in
the criminal justice field by combining liberal arts study with
professional education. The Criminal Justice program provides
students with comprehensive knowledge of the philosophies,
processes, and objectives of the American criminal justice system,
and it seeks to develop the decision-making and communication skills
necessary to professional success.
In addition to a
core of criminal justice courses, students enrolled in the major
will study sociology, psychology, religion, social work, and
political science. This focused, multidisciplinary approach
is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the human and societal
complexities which are integral to an understanding of the criminal
justice field. Within this course of study there is strong emphasis
on development of oral and written communication skills, critical
thinking skills, professional problem-solving, and ethics. Students
will also gain hands-on experience through field observation,
internships, service learning, and practicum.
Traditional careers in criminal justice include
positions such as city police officers, county/state/federal
law enforcement, private investigators, security officers, loss
prevention specialists, attorneys, courts service employees, parole
officers, probation officers, and corrections officers.
There are also numerous agencies and programs which support aspects
of the criminal justice system in areas such as crime
prevention, juvenile services, victim services, and aftercare.
The concentrated social science education which Criminal Justice
majors receive also has broad application within social service