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Criminal Justice

A Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice qualifies students for a wide range of occupations, including law enforcement, probation and parole, juvenile justice, counseling, and legal investigator. The criminal justice major also prepares students for graduate-level study and for law school.


Criminal justice is the interdisciplinary study of the theory and practice of the police, courts and corrections institutions in the United States. The program of study includes the review and discussion of the structures, processes and relationships between the various segments of the criminal justice system. In addition, the study of criminal justice examines the legal system within a broad social, political and psychological framework and explores how that broad framework influences the actors and activities of all those involved with, or influenced by, the criminal justice system.

The judicial system's foundation has evolved from its historical formulation of manually processing data to the technology area. This new prism influences the criminal justice community through the legislative, judicial, and public arena. Thus, to obtain the essence of these new and changing paradigms, critical thinking is required. This is accomplished by creating an environment that fosters probative exploration and investigating the backside of a policy to understand the event or action. This requires nurturing a perceptive attitude that welcomes the challenge of obtaining knowledge, managing information, and developing a theoretical model.