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.