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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Ph.D. 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.

Ph.D. Student Learning Objectives and Outcomes

The objectives and outcomes of the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice and Criminology include:

  • Develop an analytical, critical and reflective social science approach and perspective to the investigation of theoretical and policy relevant issues and controversies in criminal justice;

Outcomes:        The ability to write lengthy, well organized, well-written, precise and persuasive papers and articles.

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of the scientific approach to the study of human behavior;

Outcomes:       A clear understanding of the relationship between methods of inquiry and their applications to theory and policy development.

  • Acquire the necessary and accepted qualitative and quantitative skills to design research, collect information, and analyze the results;

Outcome:        The ability to design research suited to answer the questions and topics to be investigated.

  • 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 USA and worldwide;

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

Become familiar with the political, cultural, economic and societal diversity of identity groups (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, lifestyles, and religion) within the USA.

  • 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:      Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA and in the world;

Methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various theories and policies;

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

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

Outcomes:      Develop and strengthen teaching skills at all undergraduate levels;

Become socialized to the habits and conventions of the social science community of scholars.