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Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice

The mission of the Criminal Justice major is to graduate individuals who are prepared to enter occupations or graduate study in the field with strong liberal arts skills (acquire information from a variety of sources; communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral formats; understand and work effectively with individuals from a variety of backgrounds; and think critically and make informed decisions). Students will be competent in the theories, models, and methods of investigation in criminology, and in the fields and practices within criminal justice. The major will serve students as part of a traditional four-year Christian liberal arts program. The major also serves graduates from a community college program in criminal justice and individuals who hold the BA degree in another field and wish to change professions.

Administrator: Chair, Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Graduates with this major will demonstrate skills consistent with a liberal arts education, including the abilities to read and listen with understanding; learn independently; communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral formats; think critically; work effectively in teams; make thoughtful decisions; and show sensitivity to and skills working with diverse populations.
  2. Graduates with this major will articulate the impact of a Christian, and specifically Wesleyan, understanding of human nature and society, justice, grace, and restoration on thinking and practice in criminal justice occupations.
  3. Graduates with this major will demonstrate appreciation for and application of the values of honesty and personal integrity; dignity and worth of individuals; and fairness and justice.
  4. Graduates with this major will competently discuss and apply a knowledge base including introductory level courses in the behavioral sciences of sociology, psychology, and political science; exposure to the fundamental theories and practices in criminology, delinquency, law enforcement, corrections, criminal law and the court systems; and methods of study in social sciences and criminology in particular.
  5. Graduates with this major will have exposure to a variety of professionals in the field and engage in service learning in at least one work setting.
  6. Graduates with this major will be prepared for entry level work in a variety of occupations in the field of criminal justice or graduate training in the field.

Requirements: 39-40 credits of which 20 shall be numbered above 2999

CLTA2030.  Intercultural Communication (3)
CLTA3180. Race, Class, and Gender (3)
COMM2030. Interpersonal Communications (3) or
     CRIM3094. Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
CRIM1500. Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
CRIM2250. Law Enforcement and Community Policing (3)
CRIM2960. Criminal Justice Practicum (1)
CRIM3150. Corrections (3)
CRIM3200. Juvenile Justice (3) or 
    CRIM3550. Criminology (3)
CRIM4250. Criminal Court Systems (3) or
     CRIM4350. Criminal Law (2)
CRIM4360. Criminal Procedure (2)
CRIM4960. Internship in Criminal Justice (3 required)
POLS1030. Foundations of Politics: The Quest for Peace and Justice (3)
POLS4420. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3)
PSYC1550. Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSYC3455. Abnormal Psychology (3)

Criminal Justice field test to be completed during the senior year.