Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, B.S.

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Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Kelly Rhodes, Schwab 314, 814-472-3379, krhodes@francis.edu

Program Description:

The purpose of the Criminal Justice program is to provide the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary for preparing for careers and/or future advanced study in any of the areas within the field, including law enforcement, security, corrections, court system, victim services, probation, parole, and investigations. The program enables students to demonstrate an understanding of the origins of criminal behavior, society’s response to crime, and its consequences to our society through multiple perspectives. Students will possess the core competencies of successful practitioners in the Criminal Justice field, which include critical and analytical thinking, effective writing and speaking, research skills, a capacity for reflective and informed problem-solving and decision making, and to demonstrate human compassion and professional presence. Each graduate will leave with the highest sense of Franciscan values related to the respect and care for individual persons as well as a strong appreciation for social justice, equality, and diversity among citizens regardless of their economic standing in society.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Understand the theory and practice of the criminal justice system.
  • Develop core knowledge, skills, and perspectives of practitioners in the criminal justice field. 
  • Achieve higher-order competencies (ethics, communication, problem solving and compassion) needed to provide leadership in the criminal justice field.  

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically four years of full-time study

Capstone Requirement:

The capstone requirement is satisfied with completion of CJ 450 Advanced Research Seminar in Criminal Justice (3 credits).

Total Credits Required:

128 credits

Courses Required: (48 credits)

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