In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of criminal justice, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
* Recognize and explain the major international, U.S., and localized law enforcement systems and organization.
* Describe and analyze the political and public administrative aspects of law enforcement organizations.
* Communicate and apply the major theories and concepts of crime, criminal justice, and criminology.
* Conduct research associated with criminal justice and criminology theories.
* Assess the operations, practices, and processes associated with leading standards of evidence and law. While learning objectives that are specific to the academic discipline have been identified for each degree program, the University System also outlines general education outcomes (Level 1 and 2) that are sought throughout the institution and at each degree level. For a comprehensive discussion of these objectives please refer to the academic catalog.
The Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement or corrections. A concentration in Organizational Law Enforcement Leadership is also available. The degree program provides students with knowledge in the areas of U.S. law enforcement, criminology, investigations, law, and community relations.
Available areas of study further enable students to focus on juvenile issues, causes of crime and criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures/techniques, and forensics. The curriculum also provides the background and educational experience necessary for those who may wish to later pursue graduate study.