- To develop a set of critical thinking and problem solving skills relevant to quantitative, theoretical, and comparative criminology.
- To promote, stimulate, and reward active leadership that results in positive systemic-social change.
- To develop extraordinary oral and written communicators.
- To foster a spirit of life-long learning.
Specific Curricular Objectives:
The department seeks to achieve their mission through its curriculum that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills with respect to each of the following:
- The structure and organizational behaviors of the justice system
- The theories underpinning normative socialization and both formal and informal social control
- The roles policing, courts, corrections, and law play in contributing to social order
- The ways in which rhetoric, politics, and contemporary values affect policy formation and analysis
- Macro and micro level criminological theories regarding the etiology of crime, criminality, and delinquency
- The measurement, detection, and prevention of crime, criminality, and delinquency
- The research, planning, and evaluation methods used to expand knowledge in the field
- The international variations of formal and informal social control mechanisms
- The development and refinement of communication skills both orally and in writing with particular emphasis on persuasive argumentation supported by logic and scholarly research