Develop a foundation of essential knowledge about the cultural, social, and natural worlds, including:
- demonstrating knowledge of history, current issues, concepts, organization, philosophies and theories in the field of criminal justice.
- demonstrating an understanding of local ordinances, State Statutes and Federal Law, the purpose and function of police, courts, and corrections.
- demonstrating an understanding of the judicial review process, political, cultural and social forces which impact the police, courts, corrections, suspects, victims, and other parties involved in the criminal justice system.
Develop intellectual and practical skills, including:
- communicating appropriately and effectively in work situations.
- obtaining and refining the necessary skills in interpersonal communication, mathematics, basic crime statistics, as the skills are related to public contact and employment in the criminal justice system.
- utilizing the intellectual and practical skills necessary to represent a private or public agency in a professional manner
- developing the writing and public speaking skills necessary to communicate in small and large groups to prepare employment and further education.
Demonstrate personal and social responsibility, including:
- identifying career opportunities in criminal justice and the skills and attributes that employers are seeking and creating an understanding that employers often require continued higher education, citizenship, and service to others for initial placement and promotion.
- comparing and contrasting traditional, developing and future trends and ideas in criminal justice.
- developing a basic understanding of race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identification, and social class as related to criminal justice issues. This basic understanding should lead to tolerance, valuing differences, and leading to the acceptance of others.
Demonstrate integrative and applied learning, including:
- articulating the history and application of Criminal Justice with respect to Law Enforcement, as well as its relationship to the other social sciences.
- analyzing complex material, including constitutional law, State and Federal court rulings and having the ability to read and understand basic criminal justice related and court documents.
- applying concepts used in the Criminal Justice profession.
Upon completion of the program the student will prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program.