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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.

Master’s of Arts Student Learning Outcomes

The outcomes of the M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology include:

  • Disciplinary Proficiency: Students will be generally knowledgeable about criminal justice policy and criminological theory.
    • Assessment location: CRMJ 530, 555 and DEJ course
  • Diversity Knowledge: Students will understand how history, structures of power and privilege, and cultural, social, and economic forces affect criminal justice and criminological outcomes.
    • Assessment location: DEJ course
  • Methodological Competence: Students will be competent in the basis of criminal justice and criminological research, including research design and rudimentary quantitative analysis.
    • Assessment location: CRMJ 520, 522, and 540.
  • Proficient Communication: Students will become capable communicators in terms of research according to professional standards in both written and oral formats.
    • Assessment location: All written coursework and oral presentations.