Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice – West Virginia State University

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a curriculum that will provide students with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its interrelationship with society.

The Criminal Justice Mission Statement is as follows: To prepare students for roles as knowledgeable citizens and responsible criminal justice professionals in a global society.

Department of Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a curriculum that will provide students with a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its interrelationship with society.

The courses will give students an in-depth knowledge about the crime problem in this society, the perpetrators of crime, and the theoretical causes of crime. This foundation will prepare students for successful careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, juvenile justice, and social services, as well as graduate school and potentially to law school.

The successful completion of the program will enhance opportunities for career advancement for those already in criminal justice careers. The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing students with a knowledge of and sensitivity to multicultural, racial, and gender issues within the criminal justice system, and the larger society.

The Criminal Justice Department has established Program Learning Outcomes which define what our students will learn and gain from our programs. These outcomes are outlined as follows:

Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge of the Criminal Justice Field and analyze topical areas in the field. These areas include policing, courts, corrections

Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate the ability to problem solve. As a critical thinker, you will analyze decisions, interpret information, and evaluate facts.

Communication – Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively using appropriate media. Writing and speaking effectively will be emphasized.

Diversity – Students will demonstrate sensitivity to diverse populations.

Professional Integrity & Responsibility – Students will apply the ethical standards and professional behavior of the Criminal Justice profession.

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