The criminology and justice studies major at Avila 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 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.
Criminology majors will be
expected to meet the following program
- Demonstrate proficiency in criminology and justice studies in various settings, including internships. (SO 360, 361, 362, 364 and 495)
- Utilize effective ethical and decision-making skills in personal and professional situations. (all courses in the major)
- Effectively employ theoretical, methodological and critical communication knowledge and skills in various situations (SO 230, 360, 397 and 495).
- Demonstrate knowledge of criminal procedures and the criminal justice systems, both within the United States and throughout the world. (SO 360, 361, 362, 364)
- 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)