Customizing Your Degree: Unique Criminal Justice Courses

Posted March 28, 2014 | By csponline


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Concordia’s criminal justice degree program offers diverse curriculum for career success

Concordia University, St. Paul’s bachelor’s criminal justice degree program provides customized curriculum that presents a comprehensive view of law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Adult learners seeking a career transition or entry into a mid-level management position within the criminal justice field benefit from Concordia’s broad approach to instruction and course design. The degree is comprised of 128 credit hours and focuses on a diverse range of topics that equate to a well-rounded academic experience and bolstered career outcomes. Take a closer look at the courses that comprise the bachelor’s in criminal justice degree.

Unique Criminal Justice Courses

  • Returning Student Seminar for Criminal Justice: Returning to school to start or complete a degree can support big career moves; however, it is a decision most adult learners don’t take lightly. This course is designed to help ease the transition back into education for students returning to college through an online format. The course will specifically focus on the creation of a learning plan as well as important skills, including time management, organization and practical writing for criminal justice practitioners.
  • Information Literacy in Criminal Justice: Identifying and understanding critical information pertaining to criminal justice is at the center of this course. Students are exposed to techniques to access, analyze, manage and present information in a professional manner. Research and sourcing techniques will be taught, and students will receive an overview of APA style.
  • Systems Thinking in Criminal Justice: Criminal justice systems are complex with many departments and employees driving operations. This course gives insight into common organizational interactions and relationship-building tactics, and also provides direction to solving conflict.
  • Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice: Law enforcement professionals should have a developed understanding of the Constitution and its application to the criminal justice system. This course will further your understanding of constitutional law, including history of the Constitution, basic constitutional concepts and United States Supreme Court interpretations that impact the criminal justice system. Students will also learn practical research methods to find and interpret law.
  • Diversity in Criminal Justice: Diversity plays an important role in criminal justice. Students enrolled in this course will examine diversity from a theoretical, organizational and personal perspective to impact the effectiveness of criminal justice personal and minimize legal liability and negative perceptions related to the profession.
  • Philosophy of Values and Ethics: An ethical compass should guide criminal justice professionals when they make decisions. This course examines the issues of accountability in the workplace by exploring ethical theory and personal values. Students will come away with a system for making ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives. This course will also help professionals better handle and maintain their physical and emotional health.
  • Inside the Criminal Mind: Students will explore theories and research of criminal behavior with close attention to how past and present understanding of criminals has determined responses of society and the criminal justice system.
  • Troubled Youth in Criminal Justice Systems: Criminal justice systems must deal with juvenile delinquency different than adult criminals. This course examines data points, trends and current practices in handling troubled youth in the criminal justice system. Course material will also focus on the challenges of juvenile corrections, which continues to change in demographics, norms and expectations.
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Closer examination of today’s criminal justice issues provides a great learning experience for students pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Students can apply the knowledge acquired during their courses, including systems thinking, constitutional law, religion, modern trends, ethics as well as individual and community behavior, to current scenarios for a more hands-on learning experience.
  • Criminal Justice Portfolio: Students are asked to reflect on their degree program to complete a comprehensive educational portfolio detailing their learning experience. Students will also participate in group activities to provide closure for the program.

Concordia University, St. Paul’s criminal justice program is customized for today’s criminal justice professional. Courses provide students with a well-rounded understanding of competencies through rigorous curriculum and practical, hands-on applications that span the industry’s scope. Students emerge from the program prepared to take on mid-management level positions within criminal justice systems at the local, state and federal level. Current criminal justice professionals as well as professionals looking for a career transition will benefit from this degree. Learn more about Concordia’s bachelor’s in criminal justice program today.

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