1. Critically explore the philosophical and theoretical foundations of crime, law, and justice and the ways in which these foundations can be applied to “real life” issues
  2. Examine and assess the structure and function of the system of criminal justice, including its key subsystems of law enforcement, courts, and corrections
  3. Survey the basic methods utilized by social scientists to conduct research on crime, law, and justice and, subsequently, cultivate the capacity to critically assess past, present, and future research findings and their relevance to criminology and criminal justice.
  4. Investigate the ways in which social class, race, and gender interact with and impact crime, law, and the policies, processes, and procedures of the criminal justice system
  5. Develop skills necessary to articulate and effectively convey key concepts and ideas both orally and in writing
  6. Analyze and communicate the moral and ethical nature and qualities of issues and dilemmas within criminal justice, and actively pursue critical reflection on the implications of these qualities for personal and professional decision-making, law, and criminal justice policy
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the complexities of a multicultural society and the ways in which human diversity intersects with concerns of crime, law, and justice
  8. Secure practical knowledge and/or experience relevant to and valuable for the pursuit of advanced studies in criminal justice and closely related fields, or in preparation for the pursuit of careers opportunities in selected fields
  9. Critically examine and engage in relevant research designed to better understand one or more special issues or key subfields within criminology and criminal justice