The mission of the Criminal Justice program is to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the discipline including the evolution and philosophies of Policing, Adjudication and Corrections, to prepare them as effective progenitors and propagators of the discipline and as leaders and practitioners of criminal justice agencies so that students can then use their skills to contribute to the community.
Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.
At the conclusion of the program the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to understand, use, and apply the scientific method of reasoning;
- Apply the major concepts, principles, and theories that would be required of a practicing police, court or corrections professional;
- Communicate ideas and present results in a professional style, in both written and oral form; and
- Practice the skills of a criminal justice professional both ethically and professionally.
Criminal Justice majors are required to attain a minimum level of “C” in each criminal Justice course or learning experience and an overall grade point average (GPA) in all criminal justice courses taken of 3.0 for graduation. Competencies for all students will be assessed each semester. The major advisor will maintain records of assessment results. Demonstration of competencies is viewed as a continuous process. Once achieved, competencies must be maintained and further refined as each student progresses toward graduation.
Upper division students must maintain a minimum level of “C” in all courses before proceeding to the capstone experience.