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Criminal Justice


Bachelor of Arts

The study of criminal justice at Briar Cliff is an interdisciplinary program drawing from the disciplines of sociology, political science, psychology and social work. It is designed to prepare a generalist at the undergraduate level for career options such as community policing and community corrections, juvenile diversion and monitoring, court administration, correctional institutions, probation and parole, victim reconciliation and mediation programs, security administration, investigation and research.

The program assumes that criminal justice agencies and programs are most effective when they promote relationships based on justice and charity, equity and reconciliation, relationships that should characterize all human communities. It also assumes that the use of coercive force should be practiced as a part of a coherent set of values, attitudes and skills designed to deescalate situations of violence, lawlessness, vengeance and prejudice.

Upon graduation, students majoring in criminal justice will be able to:

  • Understand the core areas in the field of criminal justice: crime, law enforcement, adjudication and corrections;
  • Understand human behavior, social interaction processes, and social institutions and policies;
  • Apply ethical standards to situations and practices that arise in positions of public trust;
  • Think logically and critically in the process of applying formal knowledge and principles to practice in the criminal justice field;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written form;
  • Process and apply information reliably through the use of appropriate information resources, research methodology, statistics and computer tools.

Core Courses

CJUS 100 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJUS 246 - Introduction to Criminology
CJUS 352 - Issues in Corrections
CJUS 447 - Advanced Criminology
CJUS 460 - The Constitution and Criminal Justice
CJUS 470 - Ethics in the Criminal Justice System
CJUS 490 - Criminal Justice Internship
PSCI 370 - Criminal Law
PSYC 310 - Social Psychology
SOCY 320 - Restorative Justice
SOCY 340 - Social Science Research Methods

Additional Program Requirements

Criminal justice majors also require three additional elective classes and two of the following courses:

Criminal Justice majors may have no more than one "D" grade in their major coursework.

Students must also sit for the "Criminal Justice Major Field Test" in their final spring semester of coursework

NOTE: PSYC 360 is interchangeable with PSYC 310

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