Criminal Justice Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice, students majoring in Criminal Justice will:
- Acquire knowledge of the four major areas of the criminal justice system: policing, courts, corrections, and the juvenile justice system from first encounter with the police right through the
- appeals process, or even the death penalty.
- Be familiar with the history of the various components of the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the various philosophies of punishment, and how they change over the years relative to public perceptions of crime.
- Recognize the importance of federal and state statutory law, case law and constitutional law as it relates to the criminal justice field, how the system operates within a constitutional framework, and
- the legal parameters which constrain the police, the courts and the correctional departments.
- Define the role of the state in protecting and sanctioning its citizens.
- Be able to critically analyze scholarly research, governmental crime statistics, and public policy for the purposes of understanding the limitations of the research and the various factors that influence
- the creation of laws.
- Learn to evaluate information not only for accuracy, but for impact as well; and develop awareness that faulty perceptions and research can create faulty responses. Rethink some of their notions of
- crime, criminals and crime control.
- Discuss the relationship between society, socioeconomic status, the family, the community, the schools, other social institutions, and the criminal justice system as it relates to the life course
- trajectory of individuals, particularly young people.
- Explain the various types of crime and criminals, and the numerous theories of crime causation (thus differentiating between criminal justice and criminology), and the fluctuating rates of crime.
- Demonstrate the relationship between crime and the various correlates, such as race, gender, age, and social class.
- Explain why some deviant acts are labeled as crime and others are not.
- Become aware of various social movements over the years, and how they have affected the criminal justice system. Describe past and current controversies in our criminal justice system and be able to
- argue the multiple sides of these issues.
- Articulate the special concerns of minorities, juveniles, and females in the criminal justice system, in all the various roles, such as offender, victim, witness, police, judge, jury, and corrections personnel.
Note: Learning goals are subject to regular review and revision.