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Undergraduate & Postbaccalaureate Program

Undergraduate Programs Overview

The CCJ undergraduate and postbaccalaureate programs are designed for students who are interested in studying the causes, prevention, and control of criminal activity. The curriculum is the same, whether you enroll in our flexible campus program or our fully online program.  

A CCJ degree provides students with a broad base of knowledge about crime, criminals, victims, and the criminal justice system. This includes coverage of theories, programs and research on crime prevention, policing, courts, and corrections within the context of sustainable communities. Examination of these issues occurs at individual, community, and societal levels. Moreover, the curriculum is designed to foster student skills in critical reasoning, problem solving, and written and oral communication.

Criminology and criminal justice is an interdisciplinary field, a fact demonstrated by the diverse backgrounds of our faculty.  Students graduating from CCJ have a wide range of choices when they look for employment or post-graduate education.  The CCJ internship program is a crucial piece of this career preparation.

Reflecting the philosophy of the university as a whole, CCJ emphasizes the importance of diversity, ethical treatment, and involvement in the community. CCJ students are provided with many opportunities to apply what they have learned in their courses to real world settings.

Students in CCJ courses have the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the most controversial issues facing our nation. Are people born deviant or do they become deviant through environmental influences? Are minorities treated fairly in the criminal justice system? Should we "get tough on crime" or does this lead to tougher offenders? Does the death penalty deter crime? Is plea bargaining corrupting our judicial system? Can serious crime be prevented by mobilizing neighborhoods, redesigning cities, and creating sustainable communities? Do gun control measures reduce gun crime?

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