The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice prepares students in southeastern Massachusetts and beyond for careers and/or graduate study in criminal justice. It also seeks to extend educational opportunities regarding criminal justice issues to the general citizenry. The program's specific purposes are as follows:
First, to meet regional and state needs by providing students with both the relevant body of disciplinary knowledge, while concurrently developing in students the appropriate skill sets essential for future success in the broad field of criminal justice;
Second, the program provides opportunities for developing additional and/or enhanced skills to local criminal justice practitioners for purposes of career advancement;
Third, the program intends to provide a solid academic foundation for graduate study and;
Finally, the program facilitates better informed public dialogue on complex and critical criminal justice issues.
(1) to provide students with a comprehensive and relevant criminal justice education that includes an understanding of crime causation, the nature of criminal behavior, societal responses to crime, the effects of public policy and developing trends in the field;
(2) to emphasize how diversity affects crime and justice in America;
(3) to incorporate course assignments which require critical and analytical thinking, and the assessment of competing perspectives;
(4) to enhance student abilities to write and speak cogently and clearly;
(5) to accentuate, where appropriate, the applied aspects of course materials, including the use of technology and scientific methodologies;
(6) to incorporate problem-solving activities and finally;
(7) to challenge students to think of criminal justice issues not only from a practitioner's perspective but also from a citizen-consumer perspective. Each of these program goals supports the mission of the criminal justice program as well as the overall mission of the college.
Last Modified: April 3, 2008