Academic Learning Compact – Criminology

Content/Discipline Skills

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of major criminological perspectives and theories of criminal behavior, as well as the policy implications influenced by these theories.

CCJ 3117: Students must complete written assignments applying a criminological theory and connecting it to policy.  CCJ 3117: The exams each gauge their knowledge of theory and the link to policy

  1. 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.

CCJ 3024: Standardized exam questions.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of empirical social science research to the field of criminology.

CCJ 3701: Students are required to write a “data and methods’ section in a research proposal or an equivalent assignment.  CCJ 3701: Students are required to write a “research question and hypothesis” section of a research proposal or an equivalent assignment. CCJ 3706: Students are required to complete three assignments of empirical data analyses in the field of criminology and criminal justice.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of crime prevention, as well as, apply the principles of crime prevention in a real world setting.

CJE 3444: Students are given quizzes to test their knowledge of the theoretical foundations. CJE 3444: Students must complete a project where they analyze a real world setting from the perspectives of crime prevention theory, identify high and low risk aspects of the setting, and, based on the principles of crime prevention, recommend changes to reduce the risk of crime.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical foundations of crime analysis as well as the techniques used to analyze patterns of crime.

CJE 3656: Students will complete exam questions testing their knowledge of crime analysis theory.  CJE 3656: Students must complete a group project in which they demonstrate their ability to develop research questions about a crime problem; analyze crime, demographic and economic data; report their results; and come up with recommendations to address the problem.

Communication Skills

Students will be able to:

  1. Possess the ability to create and deliver effective oral presentations

CJE 3444: Students are required to give an oral presentation on a crime prevention project.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to develop effective written presentations.

CCJ 3701: Students are required to write a complete research proposal, which includes an introduction, literature review, research question, hypotheses, and research design sections, or several equivalent assignments that cover the same contents.  CJE 3656: Students must create a poster outlining the results of their crime analysis project.

Critical Thinking Skills

Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities and construct sound arguments regarding crime-related issues.

CCJ 3701: Students are required to write a literature review in which they logically integrate collected empirical evidence and critically assess the evidence. CCJ 4934: In all sections of this course (regardless of topic), students are required to complete an assignment demonstrating their critical thinking and analytical abilities.

Civic Engagement

Students will be able to:

  1. Our students will be involved with local agencies as well as the community as a whole, and understand the importance of civic engagement.

CJE 3656: Students are required to complete a crime analysis project using data from a local police department.  They study crime in the surrounding area and report on the crime problem to local groups (when applicable) and present their research annually at the undergraduate research symposium on campus.  CCJ 4940: Students enrolled in this course are required to work 145 hours for criminal justice agency, interview people at that agency and write a journal about their internship experiences.