Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes
The mission of the Criminal Justice Technology Bachelor Program is to provide instruction to current and future criminal justice professionals by emphasizing the role of critical thinking and decision making as they examine relevant topics and theories. Through a combination of theory and participation in practical skills exercises, as well as an optional externship, the Bachelor program provides instruction related to society’s efforts to uphold social control, deter crime, and deal with offenders using criminal and civil penalties, as well as rehabilitation programs.
Students will enhance and sharpen the investigative skills learned at the Associate level by reviewing, evaluating, and applying proper techniques in more complex crime scenes and scenarios. These learned skills will prepare students for a Capstone case where they will encounter a challenging mock crime scene event in several segments designed to showcase the practical, oral, and written communication skills they have acquired.
- Provide an environment that will instill a sense of pride, skill, professionalism and a higher level of critical thinking and communication that students can transition to a criminal justice organization.
- Allow students to acquire the necessary practical skills that are required to effectively seek employment in a public or private criminal justice agency through the use of contemporary equipment and methods utilized by professionals in the field.
- Expose students to discussions involving topics such as ethics, diversity, and administrative challenges in an effort to broaden their understanding of the future of their profession and help prepare them for advancement in their chosen field of employment.
- Assess the relevancy and use of various advanced forensic investigation processes and their impact on criminal and civil cases.
- Assess and employ analytical and report writing skills through use of software used in the profession.
- Expand individual insights by studying points of view that differ from their own and that may differ from the view most dominant in their culture and recognize that there is relevance in the viewpoints of other cultures and peoples.
- Design a project based in the field of corrections that examines criminal justice philosophies and community issues in order to have effective implementation.
- Analyze and apply legal decisions, particularly those pertaining to the United States Constitution, that are applicable to current trends in criminal justice.
- Research and critique operational policies relevant to the criminal justice profession identifying areas in need of revision and make recommendations for improvement.
- Challenge the student to investigate and assess a demanding mock crime scene in several segments and make real time decisions that may impact on the outcome of their investigation, and complete a comprehensive report and presentation to a panel of criminal justice professionals.
* Top Online College: U.S. News & World Report (January 8, 2018)
Only school in Rhode Island that ranked in the Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.
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