Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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The Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice (120 hours) introduces students to the field of criminal justice by examining the major disciplines in the field of criminal justice. Students in the program learn about major criminological theories as well as the social science research methods used by criminal justice researchers and policymakers. Students study law enforcement, courts, corrections, and contemporary challenges in criminal justice with discussion of the high ethical standards expected of criminal justice professionals. Areas emphasized include criminal investigation, criminal behavior, and kinesic interviewing, along with an understanding of social, abnormal and forensic psychology. This program affords the student important skills in research methodology as well as an opportunity for hands-on experience with law enforcement, courts and corrections programs.

Student Learning Outcomes of Program

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Analyze criminal conduct as it relates to the main theories of criminal behavior.
  • Understand qualitative and quantitative research methods to collect and analyze data. They will also appreciate relevant ethical considerations related to criminological research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 4th, 5th and 6th Amendments and the rules of evidence.
  • Understand fundamental theories of punishment and rehabilitation as they relate to the correctional system in the United States.

Courses

General Education Hours - 34-40

Elective Hours - 41-47

Total Hours to Complete - 120

Last updated: 08/10/2021