The undergraduate degree program in Criminal Justice at Elizabethtown College as offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies is a dynamic program geared toward working professionals seeking to obtain a baccalaureate degree in an environment that provides both accelerated learning and flexibility.
The criminal justice curriculum is composed of courses designed not only to provide broad-based knowledge of the criminal justice system, but also to stimulate a comprehensive understanding of the underlying issues that impact upon the application of the law and theory in today’s complex society. The adult student will comprehend the interrelationship of issues and the manner in which the various parts of the criminal justice system function to administer justice in modern society. Learning objectives are designed to ensure that adult students can critically examine criminal justice policy and demonstrate effective communication skills related to policy implementation and problem solving. The program prepares graduates for a multitude of career opportunities in criminal justice, or further study at the graduate level.
Criminal Justice Career Opportunities:
Law enforcement officer at the federal, state, or local level
Adult/juvenile probation officer
Counselor in juvenile institution (treatment specialist)
Policy analyst (legislation, funding, etc.)
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to
Synthesize theory and research within the criminal justice field.
Discuss the historical development of the criminal justice system.
Apply criminal law to real-life case studies.
Analyze the roles and functions within the criminal justice system.
Demonstrate a respect of diversity in criminal justice as it pertains to race, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status.
Analyze the ethical decision-making process inherent in the field of criminal justice.
Present a comprehensive system of analysis of the primary components of the criminal justice system.
Articulate the chronology of processes that are the responsibility of various criminal justice agencies.
Criminal Justice Seminar should be one of the last courses a student takes. This course is the capstone course and intended to provide the student with the chance to utilize those skills and ideas obtained during the completion of their required Criminal Justice classes.