The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for women who intend to pursue a professional career in fields such as corrections, homeland security, the juvenile justice system, probation and parole, corporate and private security, and law enforcement on a local, state, federal, or international level.

The  faculty who teach in the Criminal Justice Department are well-respected throughout the country for their professionalism, scholarship, innovative thinking, and leadership. They bring decades of practical hands-on experience to the classroom.

Throughout the Criminal Justice curriculum, students engage in interactive learning. Students utilize a case-based system to hone their critical thinking skills to solve and analyze real life criminal justice problems. This practiced application of knowledge prepares students for the wide variety of situations they will encounter in their chosen field. Furthermore, students wishing to pursue graduate studies will be well prepared for the academic rigor required of such programs.

Program Objectives:

A student who graduates with a criminal justice major will be able to:
  • Understand the historical, political and social context of the role of women in the criminal justice system in the United States and the world.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences, both orally and in writing, to ensure and effectively coordinate public safety missions.
  • Manage, lead and evaluate efforts to develop, and complete all organizational goals and ethical standards while understanding the legal framework and best practices.
  • Utilize and understand the ethical and cultural components of criminal justice decision-making and the individual, organizational and societal implications of those decisions.
  • Develop an ethical philosophy, specialized knowledge and skills in the student’s subspecialty to ensure effective public response to community situations and to work both independently and cooperatively with others in the organization or community served.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice research process by conducting primary research and analyzing data available.
 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CORE REQUIREMENTS

CIT300 Communicating for Leadership
CRJ120 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ202 Victimology and Criminology
CRJ204 Principles of Policing
CRJ255 Women in Criminal Justice
CRJ275 Criminal Procedure
CRJ325 Criminal Organizations
CRJ233 Research Methods for Criminal Justice
CRJ402 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
CRJ498 [OPTIONAL] Criminal Justice Internship or Elective


Top 10 Careers for Criminal Justice Degree Holders:

1. Business Intelligence Analyst
2. Retail Loss Prevention Specialist
3. Mental Health Counselor
4. Social Worker
5. Chemist
6. Social & Human Service Assistant
7. Police Patrol Officer
8. Healthcare Social Worker
9. Child, Family & School Social Worker
10. Intelligence Analyst