Criminal and Community Justice (BA)
Viterbo’s criminal and community justice program provides students with exposure to many aspects of the legal system and careers in corrections, the courts, law enforcement, and victim services. Viterbo students will not only gain knowledge of the structure and function of the criminal justice system, but develop awareness of social issues, ethics, and the role of class, race, and gender in their profession. The major focuses on the importance of communities in addressing and finding solutions for delinquent and criminal behavior.
- Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the criminal and community justice major, students may not minor in sociology unless they take an additional nine credits in sociology, outside those required by the criminal and community justice major.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the components of the criminal and community justice system
- Demonstrate an understanding of major criminological theories and an ability to apply them to practical examples
- Employ scientific reasoning and critical thinking when evaluating and conducting social science research about criminal justice issues and policies
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles that class, race, and gender play in the workings of the criminal justice system
- Effectively communicate their ideas orally and in writing
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional code of ethics and an ability to make decisions consistent with those standards