Criminal Justice Student Learning Outcomes

Criminal Justice Program graduates will:

  • Articulate the theories, philosophy, policies, practices, processes, and reforms of the major institutions of criminal justice.
  • Explain how the major components of the criminal justice system (i.e., police, courts, corrections, and homeland security agencies) are inter-dependent, and how the political, legal, ethical, and socioeconomic environments in which they operate affect them as well as the implications of these relationships for victims, offenders, defendants, justice professionals, and society.
  • Analyze the contemporary and major historical issues that the criminal justice system encounters, including events, policies, information, programs, and concepts that affect the operation of criminal justice agencies and actors, as well as issues that affect communities in respect to racial, ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, and gender diversity.
  • Evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including the ability to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes.
  • Apply the skills and methods in criminal justice research, including the acquisition, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and policy implications of both quantitative and qualitative data, and, where appropriate, various skills and methods for conducting basic forensic investigations or crime analysis.
  • Apply the theories, philosophy, and principles of substantive, procedural, and evidentiary criminal law that regulate and guide the criminal justice system and the individuals that work within and/or are affected by system.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and demonstrate basic knowledge of information technology as applied to criminal justice research and practice.
  • Understand the concepts of: multiculturalism; cultural differences in American society; the complexity of the relationship between the process of criminal justice and the multicultural society it is intended to serve; and the sociocultural challenges that impact criminal justice personnel and the criminal justice system
  • Analyze contemporary geo-political issues, the global threat landscape, and how those factors influence U.S. homeland security policy and practice.