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CRIMINAL JUSTICE 185 effective communication skills as well as to cultivate their capacity for personal growth and creative problem solving. Essentially, we seek to inspire students to become responsible citizens and public servants. Building on this foundation, CRJS offers its students a diverse curriculum that balances the arts, sciences and humanities with professional training, and challenges them to make a difference in the lives of others. Goal • Students will demonstrate the research, investigative, and forensic skills important for working in justice or a related field. • Students will demonstrate their understanding of diverse explanations of crime and deviance and how to apply them to various types of crime. • Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the systems, processes, and innovations in criminal justice. • Students will be able to analyze moral and ethical complexities and to find suitable resolutions. • Students will demonstrate skilful speaking, writing, and computing. • Students will demonstrate the cultural awareness necessary to understand issues of diversity in criminal justice. Curriculum Consistent with contemporary standards of education in Criminal Justice, our curriculum emphasizes the need for students to be exposed to the most significant areas of study in the criminal justice system – law enforcement, policing, corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, criminal law and criminology. In each of these areas, course offerings stress both theoretical concepts and practical applications. The program has minors in Applied Forensic Investigation, Juvenile Justice, and Corrections. As a complement to the classroom experiences, the program requires students to engage in experiential learning such as field placement, internships, and service-learning projects. These allow the student to observe the day to day operation of specific agencies. In addition to preparing students for initial criminal justice careers, the Criminal Justice Program provides students with a solid academic foundation for subsequent graduate education in criminal justice, related social science disciplines and law. There is an increasing need for para-professionals to earn a minimum of an Associate Degree to gain entry into the criminal justice system or related occupations. The Criminal Justice Program offers an Associate Degree (AA) in Criminal Justice. Corrections, policing, applied forensic investigation, and computer forensics courses are also available through the Associate Degree Program. The Associate Degree is offered through the Gannon University Center for Adult Learning. Recognizing the importance of language proficiency among criminal justice professionals has led to the development of a special sequence of language courses necessary for degree completion in the area of Criminal Justice. The Department of Foreign Language and Cultures in conjunction with the Criminal Justice Program offer the opportunity to acquire relevant language skills and familiarity with the associated culture, sufficient to enhance effective communication in criminal justice settings. The Criminal Justice Program highly recommends Spanish fluency for its students. With the need for knowledge of Spanish language becoming apparent in all aspects of social life, Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to develop competency in this language as a

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

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