Majors & Programs

Criminology & Justice Studies

Degrees Offered: BA

Students completing this program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • critically analyze the relationship between social inequalities and crime
  • apply criminological and justice theories to specific problems of crime and justice
  • construct evidence-based solutions to problems of crime and justice
  • formulate appropriate research designs and analytic techniques to answer questions about the causes of crime and the application of justice
  • link student community action experiences with classroomCJS training
  • effectively communicate through oral and written methods.

Criminology and Justice Studies students find an active and supportive departmental culture that surrounds coursework in criminological theory, methods, inequalities of crime and justice, law, policy, and action. Faculty members teaching in this major come from multiple disciplines central to addressing current issues facing the US systems of justice and law.

Students pursuing careers in traditional criminal justice fields such as law enforcement, probation and prisons will have a solid foundation to work and effect social change in these fields Students should know that law enforcement agencies usually have extensive training programs on the specifics of work in their organization (investigation procedures, safety protocols). These employers are often looking for candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds who can demonstrate the learning outcomes established for this CJSmajor.

Service learning is integrated into the curriculum through the inequalities and crime course. Internships are encouraged for the capstone experience.

CJS students may join the department-based Sociology Student Association or other department CJS student organizations such as Operation U-Turn. These provide additional opportunities for students to connect with each other, faculty, and local community organizations.

Because of the breadth, adaptability, and practical applications of a liberal arts degree in CJS, graduates choose to work in many different sectors: non-profit, private business, social services, education, health services, public relations, criminal justice, and government, as well as graduate studies.

BSS 518

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