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Students who major in criminal justice and criminology can expect to achieve the following learning goals:
Acquire a basic understanding of the role and function of the central components of the criminal justice system.
Identify the central theories of crime.
Identify the criminological theory or theories that explain why a specific crime occurs and the policy implication which would prevent or reduce this crime based on the theory or theories.
Describe the role of research in criminal justice and the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies used to study the issues in the field.
Argue a position on a criminal justice issue and support this position with empirical evidence. In doing so, students should be able to synthesize and summarize existing literature to support this argument.
Understand how race, class, gender and its intersection influences how individuals are treated by the criminal justice system and the disparities which result.
Understand the role and function of law as well as its capacity and limits in solving crime problems.
Create and deliver a professional presentation designed for a professional audience that applies their knowledge to a contemporary justice issue.
Hone effective speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills.