Criminal Justice (BSCJ)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students will be able to analyze and evaluate the criminal justice system, using critical thinking skills developed in and out of the classroom.

  • 1.1 Students will be able to identify issues such as effectiveness, efficiency, and appropriateness of different crime prevention policies and programs and the role of the criminal justice system in preventing crime.
  • 1.2 Students will be able to identify the consequences of legislation and policy on the criminal justice system and the apprehension, abjudication and supervision of offenders.
  • 1.3 Students will be able to discuss the role of discretion in the operation of the criminal justice system.

2. Students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the law, crime, theories of crime, police, courts, and corrections to real-world problems of crime and criminal justice.

  • 2.1 Students will be able to discuss how legislation and court rulings affect the due process requirements for accused and convicted offenders in the criminal justice system.
  • 2.2 Students will be able to identify valid theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.
  • 2.3 Students will be able to summarize how the three components of the criminal justice system interact together to process and punish offenders.

3. Students will be given opportunities to develop speaking and writing skills

  • 3.1 Students will be able to distinguish academic/scholarly sources from non-academic sources.
  • 3.2 Students will be able to properly use and paraphrase scholarly sources.
  • 3.3 Students will be able to correctly cite and reference sources in APA style.
  • 3.4 Students will observe the interaction between criminal justice professionals, offenders, and/or agency clients in a professional setting and understand the importance of effective communication skills.

4. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of the law, crime, theories of crime, police, courts, and corrections.

  • 4.1 Students will understand important elements and principles of the criminal law.
  • 4.2 Students will be able to outline the mission and operational strategies of law enforcement.
  • 4.3 Students will be able to explain the purpose and functioning of the American dual court system and important elements of the abjudication process.
  • 4.4 Students will be able to identify major justifications of punishment and how these relate to different sentencing and correctional policies.