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Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement and Corrections

Students who plan to major in Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to have completed all of their general education requirements prior to the start of their Junior year. The Criminal Justice Program is sequenced on an annual rotation, and the core subjects should be taken prior to elective and other upper division coursework. A major in Criminal Justice requires 45 hours of coursework in the field. A minor in Criminal Justice requires 24 hours of coursework in the field.

There are 3 degree options within the Criminal Justice program. The Law Enforcement track is designed for those students who plan to pursue a career in policing, highway patrol service and other state and federal agencies that are charged with enforcing laws. The Corrections track is designed for those students who plan to pursue a career in community based or institutional corrections, either at the local, state or federal levels.

 

COURSE ROTATION

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Student Learning Outcomes

Criminal Justice Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) along with Curriculum Maps for each program.

Criminal Justice/Criminal Justice graduates should be able to do the following:
SLO #1 Content Area Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outline various structures and processes within the American Justice System.
  • Identify and discuss the rules, laws, procedures, and policies which are the basis of the American Justice System.
  • Identify and describe various criminological theories and theoretical applications.
  • Identify and describe major types of crime in the United States.
  • Identify the basic terms, concepts, and techniques used in criminal justice research.

SLO #2 Critical Thinking Skills

  • Compare and contrast major theoretical explanations for criminal behavior.
  • Evaluate and critically assess criminal justice research.
  • Compare and contrast major sources of crime data.
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of the criminal justice system.
  • Analyze the various U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impact personal freedoms and the criminal justice system.
  • Critique the advantages and disadvantages of criminal justice normative standards of practice.

SLO #3 Communication Skills

  • Create written papers based on relevant criminal justice theory and published research.
  • Discuss contemporary and historical issues related to crime and justice issues.
  • Demonstrate competency in using APA documentation style.
  • Effectively communicate criminal justice research to inform public policy.

SLO #4 Ethics and Leadership Abilities

  • Analyze and evaluate ethical issues which face Criminal Justice professionals.
  • Analyze and evaluate ethical issues which confront the American Justice System.
  • Demonstrate professional leadership in group contexts.

Curriculum Map Legend: I=Introduced; R=Reinforced; M=Mastered; A=Assessed

Curriculum Map for Criminal Justice

   

Assessment Plan for Criminal Justice

SLOS METHODOLOGIES MEASURE OF SUCCESS
SLO #1 - Student will demonstrate content area knowledge, skills, and abilities CJ 4603 Term Paper 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
  CJ 4603 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #2 - Student will demonstrate critical thinking skills. SOC 4723 Proposal 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (200).
  CJ 4603 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #3 - Student will demonstrate quality communication skills in both written and verbal form. SOC 4723 Proposal Presentation 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (25).
  CJ 4603 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
SLO #4 - Student will demonstrate ethical decision-making and professional leadership CJ 4603 Final Exam 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (100).
  SOC 4723 Proposal 75% of students will score at or above 75% of total possible points (200).

 

Scholarships

The Department of Social Sciences offers several scholarships to students who are majoring in the one of the programs within the department. Those students who have excelled academically are encouraged to complete the Social Sciences Scholarship Application by February 15 of each year. The form must be submitted before March 15 to be eligible for an Academic Scholarship.

Students also must complete the Continuing Student Scholarship Application.

For more information, please visit Scholarships.

The list of available scholarships includes:

  • Sabin C. & Pearl Ellen Percefull Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Donovan & Dorothy Reichenberger Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Dr. John C. Sheffield Scholarship for one of the Social Sciences
  • Jay Linder Scholarship for Pre-Law students
  • Glen Jenlink Scholarship for Law Enforcement majors and minors
  • G. W. Nichols Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • Shafer Family Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • R. B. Yadon Scholarship for Law Enforcement
  • Floyd S. Sibley Scholarshipfor Sociology
  • Ronald Reagan Scholarshipfor Political Science
  • Frank Wadley Scholarship for Political Science
  • John Slack Scholarship for Political Science
  • Cunningham Family Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice

Additionally, the Northwestern Foundation awards numerous other scholarships for transfer students, campus participation and miscellaneous unspecified scholarships. The Foundation is located in the Student Center Building on the Alva campus. Foundation personnel may be contacted by calling 580-327-8593 or via email to nwalumni@nwosu.edu.

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