Students who receive a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice complete a degree preparing them for justice-related careers, graduate study, and law school. The department's two undergraduate tracks are not intended to serve as applied professional training programs; rather, they are academically centered programs that focus on the legal, ethical, administrative, theoretical, and behavioral aspects of the justice system and its various parts, as identified in the Department's student learning outcomes and objectives.
Both programs stress the importance of research, critical thinking, and writing skills essential for criminal justice and justice-related careers in today's society. The Criminal Justice major broadly focuses on the various components of the criminal justice system, criminological theory, and issues of diversity, mythology, and ethics. Students attracted to the program are interested in a variety of careers including criminal justice, behavioral science, politics, and treatment services. The interdisciplinary Law and Justice specialization focuses on law and justice theory and policy and includes courses in philosophy as well as practical courses in legal research and writing. This track largely attracts students interested in the context of law in a diverse society and a variety of careers.