Criminal Justice & Criminalistics Program Learning Outcomes

BS Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

1. Students will explain and apply social scientific concepts, theories, and research to examine contemporary problems of the justice systems

2. Students will discuss and analyze how theory, research, law, ethics, and history informs current practices within the justice systems in oral and written formats.

3. Students will evaluate how justice systems practices are applied in diverse communities both locally and nationally through active learning, civic engagement, and service learning opportunities.

4. Students will identify and propose innovative responses to contemporary problems within the justice systems at local, state, and national levels.

MS Criminal Justice


The student learning outcomes for the M.S. in Criminal Justice are similar to those identfied in the B.S. in Criminal Justice program, but show more emphasis on theoretical issues that explain crime and justice, mastery of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and demonstration of oral and writing skills.

MS Criminalistics


1. Students will demonstrate proficiency in the scientific methods, experimentation, and measurement techniques that relate to forensic science practice.

2. Students will evaluate experimental results to articulate theoretical predictions about forensic science evidence in oral and written formats.

3. Students will analyze how forensic science research, policy, and practice is influenced by law, ethics, history, and contemporary politics in the local and national contexts.

4. Students will create innovative responses to forensic research, policy, and practice.