Director: Matthew Bahr
The Criminal Justice program is administered by the Department of Sociology. Its faculty is drawn from the Departments of Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and professionals in the field of Criminal Justice. A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice is offered.
This program provides excellent preparation for students who are planning careers in the field of Criminal Justice as well as an opportunity to advance the education of individuals who are already members of the law enforcement profession.
The curriculum is structured to blend the best of the liberal arts with courses designed for professional training of present and future members of the law enforcement community. Special emphasis is placed upon the development of the habits of critical thinking and of effective communication skills as well as the acquisition of basic knowledge of the social sciences as they pertain to the area of criminal justice.
Majors should take Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIM 101) in their first year; and Criminal Theory and Measurement (CRIM 499) in their fourth year.
Students have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major if they have fulfilled all requirements, achieved a grade point average of at least 3.70 in their criminal justice courses, and written and defended a senior honors thesis (CRIM 494).