The Criminal Justice major includes an overview of the criminal justice system including its three basic components: the police, courts and corrections. Criminological theory and research examine criminal behavior and crime causation.
The combination of criminal justice coursework and hands-on learning through internships prepares students for careers in law enforcement, the law or corrections or to pursue graduate and professional education.
Students completing a major in criminal justice will:
- demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system including the core components of the police, the courts and corrections;
- explicate crime and criminal behavior by examining criminological theories of crime causation;
- demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and discussing criminal justice issues;
- demonstrate knowledge of research skills by writing scholarly papers on criminal justice topics;
- connect substantive areas of academic coursework to real-life application in a criminal justice field through internships.