Program Learning Outcomes

  • Legal Concepts

    • Explain the legal concepts and terminology in substantive areas of criminal law (i.e., criminal law, constitutional law, juvenile law)
    • Explain the relationship between procedural rules and substantive law and apply procedural and evidentiary rules.
    • Describe how constitutional law principles relate to law enforcement, in particular search and seizure law, the law on confessions, and the law of assistance of counsel.
    • Explain crime scene investigation and knowledge of forensics by law enforcement agencies used in criminal investigations.
    • Explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between the fields of law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

    Critical and Ethical Thinking

    • Apply critical thinking skills in the reading and interpretation of legal materials (statutes, court decisions).
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system.
    • Locate and interpret current case law and statutes pertaining to specific criminal activity; take action that is supported by current law and statutes.
    • Use basic research methods in criminal justice and criminology, including design, data analysis, and interpretation.

    Oral and Written Communication

    • Communicate effectively through oral and written formats.
    • Use technology skills to communicate effectively.

    Career Development

    • Identify career opportunities in law enforcement.
    • Identify pathways for career advancement.

    Human Behavior and Interactions

    • Identify the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime.
    • Explain the relationship between the criminal justice system and citizens.
    • Work independently and collaboratively on projects.
    • Recognize and apply understanding of the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.