Finlandia’s Criminal Justice major is an interdisciplinary program of study with courses in the social sciences.
The major focuses on theoretical and ethical aspects of the criminal justice system, giving students a breadth of knowledge related to the discipline. Students graduating with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice are prepared for variety of careers, including those related to law enforcement, social services, juvenile delinquency, and corrections.
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Based in Washington, D.C., the NCJA represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials.
The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities’ complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. The NCJA recognizes the importance of interrelationships among criminal and juvenile justice agencies and between these agencies and the community and the strong, steady advocacy necessary to achieve comprehensive planning and policy coordination goals.
STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.
ADDITIONAL LINKS AND FORMS
- Degree Requirements_2015-16
- Criminal Justice Suggested Course Schedule_2015-16
- Criminal Justice (Associates) Suggested Course Schedule_2015-16
- Course Descriptions_2015-16
What you will learn
Graduates will be able to:
- Serve in a variety of work settings related to the field of law enforcement and corrections.
- Demonstrate effective communication skills in order to foster and maintain relationships with peers, clients, and supervisors.
- Understand socio-economic factors and cultural influences that impact criminal behavior.
- Understand the principles of ethical decision-making.
- Demonstrate baccalaureate-level expertise in criminology, juvenile delinquency, criminal law and procedures, abnormal psychology, police operations, and corrections.
- Make observations, inferences, determine relationships, and draw conclusions in the preparation of criminal justice reports.
Sample Courses (CORE)
- Criminal Investigations I
Fundamentals of investigative techniques such as surveillance, search at the crime scene, developing sources of information, collecting and preserving evidence, and modern methods of investigation and police operations are studied. Available spring semesters. Prerequisites: CRJ 101.
Victims are the other portion of the criminal act. Investigates the history, development of the field of victimology, and structural responses to victims. Available fall semester, odd years.
- Comparative Corrections
Highlights the U.S. correction system within a global context. Similarities and differences are investigated as well as the potential efficacy of changes in policy is discussed. Available fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 and SOC 290.