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School of Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of causes of crime and society’s response to crime.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with research design.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with descriptive statistics and the logic of inferential statistics.
  • Ability to think critically about crime and crime policy.
  • Demonstrated writing skills.

Master of Arts

  • Develop a research question and a plan to answer it using pre-existing data sets.
  • Evaluate the validity of research conclusions drawn from a given data set.
  • Apply basic statistical analyses to practical criminological problems.
  • Identify gaps in current research on a given topic and propose a plan for filling those gaps.
  • Assess the application of criminal justice theories in the explanation of criminal justice outcomes.
  • Assess the validity of criminological theories as applied to current questions.


  • Demonstrate familiarity with the theories of crime and criminal justice.
  • Ability to translate theory into empirical research questions.
  • Ability to design research studies.
  • Ability to analyze data appropriately.
  • Professional acculturation.
  • Ability to organize a course.
  • Ability to evaluate student performance.
  • Ability to lead class discussions.