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Last updated 3/28/13
Mission Statement and Student Learning Outcomes
The mission of the bachelors degree program is to use a multidisciplinary approach to provide students with a specialized understanding of the criminal justice system and criminal behavior, particularly the ability explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization. The program seeks to enable students to critically evaluate both criminological research and public policy responses to crime. It encourages students to become civically involved in the field through internships and organizational involvement. Overall, the criminology program aims to prepare students for both careers and graduate studies in criminal justice, law, and other justice-related fields and for a lifelong commitment to learning, service and justice.
Below is a list of the Student Learning Outcomes for your BA in Criminology. What this table shows you is what skill sets we, as your faculty, expect you to learn in each of the courses offered at USFSP. As a program we are required by the State of Florida to ensure that we assess our ability to fulfill these learning outcomes.
Content/Discipline Knowledge Skills
a. Theory: Demonstrate an understanding of major criminological perspectives and theories of criminal behavior, as well as the policy implications influenced by these theories.
b. CJ Systems: Understand the development and operation of the major components of the criminal justice system, as well as the relationship between the democratic political process and the operation of the criminal justice system.
c. Research Methods: Understand the development and operation of the major components of the criminal justice system, as well as the relationship between the democratic political process and the operation of the criminal justice system.
d. Crime Prevention: Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of crime prevention, as well as, apply the principles of crime prevention in a real world setting.
e. Crime Analysis: Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of crime analysis, as well as the techniques used to analyze patterns of crime.
a. Oral Communication: Possess the ability to create and deliver effective oral presentations.
b. Written Communication: Demonstrate the ability to develop effective written presentations.
Critical Thinking Skills
a. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities and construct sound arguments regarding crime-related issues.
a. Civic Engagement: Our students will be involved with local agencies as well as the community as a whole, and understand the importance of civic engagement.