Overview

Student Learning Outcomes

Survey Core Student Learning Outcomes:

1) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the application of fundamental criminal due process rights, particularly those of the 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution to Criminal Justice practices.

2) Students will be able to identify, understand and synthesize the traditional and emergent reasons given for how and why our society punishes and to evaluate the implications of those punishments for society, victims, defendants and criminal justice professionals.

3) Students will be able to critically evaluate the effectiveness of various policies, approaches and practices of the police, empirically based or otherwise, pertaining to crime types, and demographics such as race, gender, age and socio-economic status.

 

Methods Core Student Learning Outcomes:

 
1) Students will understand the various research methods used in criminal justice research including experiments, survey research, field research, agency data, and content analysis and why these are valuable to the field of criminal justice.
 

2) Students will understand the basics of probability and nonprobability sampling methods.

3) Students will be able to critically evaluate research designs for reliability and validity.

 

Theory Core Student Learning Outcomes:


1) Students will understand and effectively articulate what a theory is and how theory is assessed in the discipline of criminology and criminal justice.
 

2) Students will understand, articulate and critically assess the underlying assumptions, key theoretical concepts, theoretical propositions and logical construction of the major historical and contemporary theories of crime and criminal behavior.

3) Students will be able to articulate, critique, compare and contrast and integrate the operationalization, modeling and policy implications of core theoretical perspectives with or against one or more of their rivals.

 

Criminology Courses Offered in the Next Four Years

Year 1

Fall
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (4 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (2 sections)
Research Methods (5 sections)
Topics (5 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Spring
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (3 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (4 sections)
Research Methods (4 sections)
Topics (8 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Summer
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (1 section)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (1 section)
Research Methods (1 section)
Topics (3 sections)
Senior Seminar (2 sections)
Electives (6 sections)

Year 2

Fall
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (4 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (2 sections)
Research Methods (5 sections)
Topics (5 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Spring
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (3 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (4 sections)
Research Methods (4 sections)
Topics (8 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Summer
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (1 section)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (1 section)
Research Methods (1 section)
Topics (3 sections)
Senior Seminar (2 sections)
Electives (6 sections)

Year 3

Fall
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (4 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (2 sections)
Research Methods (5 sections)
Topics (5 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Spring
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (3 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (4 sections)
Research Methods (4 sections)
Topics (8 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Summer
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (1 section)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (1 section)
Research Methods (1 section)
Topics (3 sections)
Senior Seminar (2 sections)
Electives (6 sections)

Year 4

Fall
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (4 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (2 sections)
Research Methods (5 sections)
Topics (5 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Spring
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (3 sections)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (4 sections)
Research Methods (4 sections)
Topics (8 sections)
Senior Seminar (5 sections)
Electives (10 sections)

Summer
Survey of Criminal Justice Systems (1 section)
Theories of Criminal Behavior (1 section)
Research Methods (1 section)
Topics (3 sections)
Senior Seminar (2 sections)
Electives (6 sections)