Criminal Justice Program

The major in criminal justice prepares students for a career in criminal justice or related occupations. The degree exposes students not only to the plethora of issues associated with the modern-day criminal justice system in the United States, it also is designed to prepare students for the world of work through deliberate attention to the many ethical dilemmas with which criminal justice professionals are often faced; understand the role that gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status play in the production of crime and the social control of same; and understand the importance of the scientific inquiry for criminal justice policy making. Because of its emphasis on oral and written communication and higher order thinking, it also equips students with the skills needed to be successful in the pursuit of graduate education.