The curriculum in Criminal Justice offers a series of courses that examine the individual components and interrelationship of law enforcement, corrections and the courts. This curriculum builds upon the strong liberal arts foundation of the University's general education requirements to prepare students with the skills in leadership, communication and critical thinking necessary in the field of criminal justice today. The core requirements are designed to emphasize a holistic approach to criminal justice and provide in-depth study of theory and application. Within the core requirements and the interdisciplinary component, the interrelationship of criminal justice with the study of psychology and sociology is reinforced. Students are able to choose from an array of electives both within the major as well as in related fields of study based upon interest and career path.
The internship program allows students to apply academic skills an opportunity to participate as student interns with a variety of local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies. Today's graduate with a major in criminal justice may pursue career opportunities in law enforcement, corrections, the courts, social services or private business. For those already employed in the criminal justice field, obtaining the bachelor's degree allows for expanded career opportunities and advancement. The criminal justice major and courses provide graduates a solid foundation for the continuation of lifelong learning as well as graduate or professional schools.