School of Social Sciences

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is multidisciplinary, drawing on broad fields of knowledge, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences. Indiana University Southeast offers a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Social Sciences and Indiana University School for Public and Environmental Affairs.

This program provides you with a general understanding of the nature of crime and includes an analysis of the entire criminal justice system and its relationship with other institutions in society. Through this program, you will develop problem-solving abilities and organizational skills to face problems confronting our society such as community and police relations, urban crime, and issues involving correctional facilities.

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Student Learning Goals

1: Through the in-depth exploration of social scientific and legal research, the students shall learn about the causes of crime; the tools and methods used to study, prevent, and control crime; the institutions, principles, and actors involved in the apprehension, prosecution, punishment, and reintegration of offenders; and the legal and political framework under which the justice system and its primary actors operate.

 2: Graduates will be able to evaluate crime control policy and aspects of the criminal justice system by critically analyzing the role of political, economic, legal, and social factors. In doing so, students should demonstrate their comprehension of relevant criminological theories and justice structures as well as their ability to practically apply such knowledge to contemporary justice issues, particularly as they relate to the dynamics of inequality in social relations.

 3: Graduates will identify and analyze the major historical and contemporary issues facing the criminal justice system, including events, information, programs, policies, and concepts that affect the operation of criminal justice agencies and actors, as well as issues affecting contemporary urban society and respect for racial, ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity.

 4: Graduates will read, understand, analyze, and synthesize relevant information, including qualitative and quantitative social scientific data, and substantive and procedural legal doctrines relevant to criminal justice, and evaluate the public policy implications of such information.

 5: Graduates will demonstrate a deep understanding of how structural inequalities in society are shaped by historical, psychological, social, and political factors. In doing so, students will evaluate elements of gender, race and ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, and other global issues and interpret how these function at both a micro and macro level.


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