Student Learning Outcomes

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has identified a series of key outcomes we anticipate undergraduate students will achieve through engagement with our curriculum.  These include the ability to:

  • Describe the elements of the criminal justice system and understand their historical development as social responses to crime.
  • Identify and apply theories of the causes of crime and theories of organizational responses to crime.
  • Apply the fundamentals of legal reasoning and the development of case law to doctrines of criminal law and constitutional law.
  • Understand and appropriately apply tools of research design and statistics to test theories and evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice programs and policies.
  • Clearly communicate knowledge verbally and in writing.

Bachelor of Science

The B.S. in Criminal Justice offers students a rigorous interdisciplinary and experiential education in the causes and consequences of crime and the responses of criminal justice, social service, and community-based organizations to crime and other forms of deviance. Students majoring in criminal justice receive excellent preparation for further study in graduate or professional schools as well as for careers in criminal justice, security, crime prevention, and other related areas.

Combined Degrees

For those students whose interest in criminal justice extends beyond the components of the criminal justice system, the School offers several combined degrees with other disciplines. For instance, our combined human services and criminal justice program allows students to combine interests in the justice system, political advocacy, and community development in ways that may allow them to make a positive difference in local communities. Please click on the links below to explore combined degrees in computer science, psychology, human services, and political science.