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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology M.A. Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The Graduate Program in Criminal Justice and Criminology aims to prepare students to face and address security and justice challenges at the local, national, and international levels. This goal is achieved through the development of theoretical, methodological, and policy-related knowledge and skills as they pertain to criminal justice and criminology.

Specifically, students in the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice and Criminology will:

  • Understand and be able to conceptualize, analyze, and theorize the changing nature of crime, order, security, and justice issues in the current societal environment of the USA and the world; and
  • Acquire the cultural, methodological, and analytical skills needed to interpret available information related to security and justice issues.

These objectives will be expressed differently at each level of the program.

MA Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives and outcomes of the MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology and the MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology with a Certificate in Global Justice and Security include:

  • Understand and be able to conceptualize, analyze, and theorize the changing nature of crime, order, security, and justice issues in the current societal environment of the USA and the world;

Outcomes:      Knowledge of major factors and drivers of changes in the global and domestic security and justice environments;

Become familiar with the political, cultural, economic and societal diversity of nations, countries and groups across the world;

Detailed knowledge and understanding of specific security issues relevant to their theoretical and career interests.

  • Acquire the cultural, methodological and analytical skills to interpret available information related to security and justice issues;

Outcomes:      A basic understanding of current political, economic, cultural, and security trends in the world;

Methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various policies.

  •         Understand the basic domestic and foreign policy programs and goals adopted by the USA and other countries to deal with the new global security agenda;

Outcome:        Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA and other countries.

  • Prepare students for careers in government and private security related organizations both in the USA and globally;

Outcome:        An ability to describe and evaluate global security and justice problems from a non-parochial and global perspective.