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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology and Justice Studies, B.A.

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The criminology and justice studies major at Avila University is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon many several academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

Criminology and Justice Studies (CR)

Criminology and justice studies is a popular major for students planning careers in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, and parole at local, state and national levels. Students in the criminology and justice studies major will be prepared with the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for a successful career and/or graduate school education in areas such as law, sociology, psychology, and public administration.

The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice Studies must complete all the general degree requirements as stated in this catalog.

Additional Requirements

In addition, all students majoring in criminology and justice studies must take:

  • 6 credit hours of the same college-level foreign language.

Technology Requirements

Technology requirement is met by CS 111 - Ethics in Technology (3)  


In addition to the above listed course requirements, Criminology majors will be expected to meet the following program outcomes:

Outcome 1.

Demonstrate proficiency in criminology and justice studies in various settings, including internships. (all courses in the major).

Outcome 2.

Utilize effective ethical and decisionmaking skills in personal and professional situations. (all courses in the major).

Outcome 3.

Effectively employ theoretical, methodological and critical communication knowledge and skills in various situations. (SO 230 , SO 322 , SO 350 , SO 351 , SO 397 , SO 495 , CR 360 ).

Outcome 4.

Demonstrate knowledge of the various institutions of social control, both within the United States and throughout the world. (SO 322 , CR 262 CR 360 , CR 362 CR 366  /SO 366 ).

Outcome 5.

Recognize and appreciate diversity in individuals, cultures and social systems, from local to national to global environments, with the resultant awareness of the social construction of reality (all courses in the major).


The outcomes of the criminology and justice studies major and minor are assessed through a wide variety of quizzes, written assignments, and oral presentations in the required courses. SO 495  provides a capstone experience to the major and provides an overall assessment of each of the outcomes.

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