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Criminal Justice

Program: Criminal Justice
Degree or Certificate: BS / Bachelor of Science
Department: School of Criminal JusticeMore Information
Program website:
Program specializations: Empasis Areas:
Law Enforcement
Forensic Psychology
Crime Scene Investigation
Computer Crime
Juvenile Justice
Homeland Security
Program mission statement: The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to offer a level of academic study that provides the student with a solid foundation in criminal justice and a broad liberal arts knowledge base. The baccalaureate program is designed to combine the professional skills of various specialized areas of criminal justice with research and analytical skills.
Professional accreditation: Not Applicable
Program learning outcomes:
What Will I Learn?
BSCJ-1 Criminological Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of biological, sociological, and psychological theories of crime causation and disciplinary specific evaluation of human behavior.
BSCJ-2 Law: Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of criminal law to criminal justice practice and understand the civil liabilities of criminal justice agencies and practitioners.
BSCJ-3 Research Methods: Demonstrate the ability to apply scientific methods of inquiry to arrive at reasoned decisions regarding professional practice.
BSCJ-4 Leadership: Analyze the roles of organizational culture, behavioral theory, planning, and community relations in criminal justice leadership strategies and practice.
BSCJ-5 Operations: Demonstrate the ability to utilize information and resources to make sound operational decisions in criminal justice agencies.
BSCJ-6 Technology: Understand the impact of emerging technologies on the investigation of crime, as a tool for criminal enterprise, and on the operations of criminal justice agencies.
BSCJ-7 Internationalism: Recognize and evaluate transnational criminal enterprise, and analyze the role of culture on criminal behavior and systems of justice.

GEL-1 Communications: Demonstrate college-level communication through a variety of media.
GEL-2 Mathematics: Apply quantitative reasoning to real-world situations.
GEL-3 Science: Analyze how scientific principles are applied in real-world contexts.
GEL-4 Social Science: Critically evaluate the social or psychological issues that impact human behavior.
GEL-5 Arts and Humanities: Recognize human potential through a study of human expressions.
GEL-6 Research and Information: Apply methods for finding, evaluating, and using resources.
GEL-7 Ethics: Identify, apply, and evaluate ethical reasoning.
GEL-8 Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to real-life situations.
GEL-9 Technology: Use information technology to solve real-world problems and communicate.
Evidence of Student Learning - Internal: How will the program measure what I have learned?: Kaplan University's assessment system assesses student achievement of program and general education outcomes on a six-point scale:
1-No Progress
In general, students reaching a "4-Practiced" level are able to apply learning related to that outcome successfully within a work environment. Students reaching a "5-Proficient" level and a "6-Mastery" level are able to apply learning to new environments and creatively extend knowledge related to the outcome to solve new and more difficult problems, respectively.

In their final courses, 80.5% of students in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program demonstrate a "4-Practiced" level of achievement, or higher, on their program outcomes. Additionally, 73.0% of students achieve a "4-Practiced" level on the general education outcomes selected for their program.More Information
Results of External Exams/Assessments: What third-party assessments will measure what I have learned?: Not Applicable