An Innovative Approach to Criminal Justice Education

Posted May 8, 2014 | By csponline


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When looking at criminal justice degree programs, it’s important to find the program that is a good fit for your situation and that will prepare you for the job you want after graduation. Whether it’s a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice or a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership, Concordia University, St. Paul (CSP) offers academically rigorous programs in a flexible learning format.

CSP’s criminal justice degrees are designed for students who are ready to advance their criminal justice career through promotions and transition to new areas of practice. What sets them apart from other criminal justice programs is the unique coursework. CSP understands the needs of students who are continuing their education. Our degrees reflect this by allowing you the convenience of working on your own time and the flexibility to create personal relationships with professors who are experienced in their fields. Here are some courses that highlight CSP’s innovative approach to criminal justice education.

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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice

Returning Student Seminar for Criminal Justice

This course will provide each student with an opportunity to reflect on their decision to return to college. Students develop a learning plan and prepare to begin their degree program. You’ll focus on time management, organizational skills and practical writing for criminal justice professionals. Topics include writing fundamentals such as mechanics, sentence structure, academic and professional prose as well as APA style. Not only does this course serve as a reintroduction to studying and being a student, but it also lays the groundwork for the skills you’ll need to succeed throughout the rest of the program.

Systems Thinking in Criminal Justice

Due to the dynamic complexity of criminal justice organizations, it is important that professionals have an understanding of how systems interact. This course provides the skills to diagnose interactions and find solutions to problems. Systems thinking serves as one of the threads of continuity running throughout the criminal justice degree program. This is because of the interconnected way that the separate areas of the criminal justice system (law enforcement, the courts and corrections) work together to address crime in our culture.

Inside the Criminal Mind

This course explores the theories and research behind criminal behavior. Students examine how past and present understanding of criminals have determined how society and the criminal justice system respond to them. Because the way we address crime today is significantly different from how we once reacted to it, it is important for criminal justice professionals to have a contextual understanding of their field’s history.

Troubled Youth in the Criminal Justice Corrections System

This course explores why and how governments have always treated children differently than adults in the penal system. Students learn the theories behind delinquency and the corresponding responses by society through studying the criminal justice system as well as current data, trends and social programs. You’ll also explore the challenges facing juvenile corrections in a society that continues to change its demographics, norms and expectations of the criminal justice system.

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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership

Reflective Adult Learner and Leader

This course prepares students to become leaders in the criminal justice field, devoting time for reflection on who you are and how your life and profession influences your leadership qualities. An emphasis on attitude and emotional intelligence prepares you for a successful career leading others in the criminal justice sector.

Correctional Design

Students explore modern research and trends in criminal justice in this dynamic course. You will delve deeper into the basics of community and institutional corrections while focusing on financial, leadership, legal and political issues in corrections. With an increased demand for criminal justice and expectations of those in the field, this course will prepare you to succeed in whichever career path you choose.

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership

In this course, you will study stress management as a leader in criminal justice by examining why and how employers should respond to mental health issues. You will reflect on how you as an employer can prevent, moderate and respond to emotional issues of those you work alongside, all the while discussing theory, research and trends in employee assistance.

Why CSP? 

Once you complete a criminal justice degree program from CSP, you will have a keen understanding of the organization and administration involved in criminal justice. You’ll have strategies for maintaining balance between your personal life and your professional career, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge of constitutional law. Graduates are also able to apply systems thinking, ethics, diversity and historical context to their chosen career path within the criminal justice system.

Our program is flexible, accelerated, manageable and affordable, and also provides the collaborative format that is central to the U.S. criminal justice system. Visit the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice or Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Leadership program pages to learn how CSP’s criminal justice degree can help you make a difference in your community.

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