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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 School of Arts & Sciences

Justice and Criminal Studies


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Inspired by the Ursuline motto Serviam (“I will serve”) and The College of New Rochelle’s motto of “Wisdom for Life,” the Justice and Criminal Studies program aims to enable students to become knowledgeable and compassionate criminal justice professionals whose service to the community reflects our shared values of social justice, ethical integrity, and life-long learning. With a deep understanding of the social, ethical, and political issues surrounding our system of justice, a solid grounding in the field’s knowledge and skills, and a creative and critical approach developed through a liberal arts education, graduates of the program will be equipped to become future leaders in criminal justice.

Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, the Justice and Criminal Studies major is interdisciplinary and draws upon a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to engage in broad questions of social and criminal justice. Criminal justice scientifically examines the causes, personal and societal consequences, and effective preventative or rehabilitative responses to socially dysfunctional behavior such as crime, drug abuse, violence, prejudice and human exploitation. Career tracks that are possible for graduates of the Justice and Criminal Studies program include:

  • Criminal law
  • Adult and juvenile corrections
  • Probation, parole, and supportive programs for ex-offenders
  • Substance abuse evaluation, referral and treatment
  • Mental health
  • Child welfare and protection services
  • Working with at-risk youth
  • Federal and State law enforcement
  • Security 

Justice and Criminal Studies Majors will:

  • Gain a solid grounding in the theoretical and empirical knowledge, values, and skills necessary for work as criminal justice professionals or as a foundation for further study;
  • Understand the complexity and inter-relatedness of issues of social and criminal justice, including inequalities and differential impacts of race/ethnicity, social class, and gender;
  • Understand the causes, personal and societal consequences, and effective preventative or rehabilitative responses to socially dysfunctional behavior such as crime, drug abuse, violence, prejudice and human exploitation;
  • Understand the history, current status, and contemporary problems of the US criminal justice system;
  • Appreciate the basic human dignity of persons deemed criminal or delinquent;
  • Appreciate the range of social scientific approaches to studying and understanding social problems and be able to think creatively and critically about them. 

 

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