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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Justice Studies, Bachelor

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The Bachelor’s in Justice Studies provides online and distance-learning students with a professional, criminal justice-focused education that prepares students to ethically work and lead in the fields of criminal justice and intelligence studies.
To help students reach their education and career goals, all Justice Studies faculty members have advanced degrees and extensive experience in the criminal justice or intelligence fields, specializing in areas, such as, criminal justice investigations, police leadership, community policing, drug investigations, federal law enforcement, corrections, intelligence-led policing, military intelligence, cyber crime, and the law.
Students complete core courses in ethics, leadership, criminal justice, criminology, the justice system and effective writing. They then move on to tailoring their degree to their individual interests by selecting elective courses in criminal justice administration or intelligence studies.
Emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration
The emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration ensures students develop an in-depth knowledge of their areas of interest within the criminal justice system as well as an understanding of the current, critical issues impacting the criminal justice field. This emphasis also helps students use critical thinking to connect theoretical concepts with practical criminal justice situations; a necessary skill for practitioners to succeed in the criminal justice field.

Emphasis in Intelligence Studies
The emphasis in intelligence studies focuses on preparing students to identify, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for the purpose of investigating all forms of criminal activity. In addition, the courses within this emphasis expose students to a variety of contemporary topics in the intelligence field. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have the skills to transition into professional intelligence careers at the local, state or federal level.
In addition to working in the criminal justice field, many graduates choose to build upon their critical thinking, criminal justice and leadership courses by pursuing advanced degrees in criminal justice, leadership or the law.

Justice Studies Program Learning Outcomes

Justice Studies Program Learning Objectives:

  1. Effective Writing: Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, in writing, by identifying scholarly and credible research and using this information to present logical, written arguments in favor of or in opposition to specific policies.
  2. Critical Thinking: Thoroughly analyze evidence and research, and logically apply such information when forming arguments and drawing conclusions.
  3. Application of Theory to Practice: Demonstrate the ability interpret applicable theories and use such theories to address practical issues.  
  4. Ethics: Describe the ethical issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence fields, and offer logical, well-supported solutions for addressing such issues. 
  5. Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to use leadership theories to address practical situations in the criminal justice or intelligence field. 
  6. Current Issues: Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence field, critically analyze such issues in consideration of the current social and political issues, and propose evidence-based solutions to address such issues.
  7. Job Opportunities: Demonstrate an understanding of the job opportunities and necessary qualifications for employment in a specific area within the criminal justice or intelligence field, and assess your readiness to pursue employment in at least one area of the field. 
Students pursuing an Emphasis in Justice Administration will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of an area within the criminal justice field, as well as ability to provide a detailed summary of the current issues impacting this area of criminal justice field. 
Students pursuing an Emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be able to:
  1. Identify and critically analyze intelligence so it can be used to address issues related to crime and/or public or private sector security.

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