Program Learning Outcomes
- 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.
- 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.