Upon the completion of the program, the student will (a) understand terms, operations, trends, and theories of criminal justice; (b) analyze the nature and causes of crime; (c) apply treatment techniques used within probation, parole, or prisons used to rehabilitate (i.e. alter attitudes, values, behavior) adjudicated persons; (d) apply theory and practice through an approved field placement. The graduate will be able to:
- Analyze the nature and causes of crime.
- Describe theories, types, and incidence of criminal behaviors.
- Describe the judicial process as it pertains to adults, juveniles, and persons with disabilities, in regards to civil commitments.
- Describe prevention, treatment, education, and rehabilitation programs for public offenders.
- Integrate and apply introductory knowledge of human relations skills, and counseling to the rehabilitation of public offenders.
- Apply case management and interviewing skills to preparing and monitoring case plans for offenders and preparing accurate reports and investigations.
- Refer offenders for community-based counseling treatment, employment, and independent living support as needed.
- Participate in community outreach and liaisons with related support service providers and offenders’ families.
- Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and examine criminal justice issues associated with racism and oppression.
Development of the program objectives has been informed by stakeholder groups, employers, the Program Advisory Committee, and guided by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Certification Standards for Academic Programs.