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Department Mission

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Metropolitan State University of Denver is to engage students in the scientific study of crime, criminality, other forms of social deviance, and the official response to crime by law enforcement, the criminal courts and the correctional system. To that end, the department seeks to address the special needs of adult learners and to prepare them to move into criminal justice careers or post graduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware, and culturally sensitive people. The degree will provide students with knowledge of, and the ability to analyze the nature and causes of crime and victimization, criminal processes, criminal justice organizations and the agency practices, as well as the law and the legal system.  Moreover, the program requires students to critically examine how social justice is administered in a diverse and global society.

CJC Student Learning Objectives

Upon graduation, students will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the administration of justice through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of the contemporary criminal justice system, major systems of social control and their management, policies and practices.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in law enforcement through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of history, theory, practice and legal environment, police organization, discretion, and subculture.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in corrections through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of the development of correctional philosophy, incarceration, diversions, community-based corrections, and treatment of offenders.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in law adjudication through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of criminal law, criminal procedures, prosecution, defense, as well as court procedures and decision-making.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in criminology theory through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of the nature and causes of crime, social control mechanisms, typologies, offenders, and victims.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in research and analytic methods through exhibiting a fundamental understanding of quantitative (including statistics) and qualitative methods for conducting and analyzing criminal justice research.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication to a variety of audiences.
  8. Be able to employ ethical perspectives and critical thinking in applying their newly acquired knowledge base to related problems and changing fact situations.
  9. Be able to identify the effects of the criminal justice system on the lives of individuals and communities, as well as how criminal justice practitioners face the challenges of diversity in a free society.


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