The Criminal Justice program introduces students to the theory and practice of the United States criminal justice system. The goals of the program include:
- Providing a professional education combined with an integrated liberal arts curriculum that teaches critical thought, analytical reasoning, and scholarly writing;
- Preparing students who wish to pursue careers which include federal, state, and municipal law enforcement, professional human services, including counseling, probation and parole, corrections, and the legal profession;
- Providing students the opportunity to develop intellectual skills that will enable them to pursue lifelong learning.
Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, 11 required criminal justice courses, 3 additional criminal justice electives, 8 required courses from other departments, and a sufficient number of electives to total at least 120 credit hours. Students are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.