Criminal Justice and Corrections Program
Program Director: Dr. R. Gregory Dunaway
Office: 207 Bowen Hall
The Criminal Justice and Corrections Certificate Program is administered through the Department of Sociology. Participation in this program is available to all departmental majors, as well as those majoring in any other fields (e.g., psychology, political science, computer science, or business).
Criminal Justice and Corrections is an ever expanding field of study. It involves the study of crime, crime control, and the administration of justice. This includes the study of the structure, functions, and decision processes of all administrating components within the system. Components of the system include such things as: Law Enforcement; Criminal Courts; Juvenile Court; Jails; Prisons; Probation; Community-Based Corrections; Parole System. Criminal Justice and Corrections is also inherently linked to the broader study of crime, delinquency, deviant behavior, and social pathology.
The mission or the Criminal Justice and Corrections Certificate Program is to prepare students for challenging careers in the criminal justice/corrections professions. Underlying our mission is a strong commitment to providing students with a solid theoretical foundation of relevant issues, as well as equally important practical information and experiences germane to their professional development. Key in achieving this is our two stage curriculum format where students receive both traditional classroom instruction and experiential training through an internship program. Thus, the Criminal Justice and Corrections Program is designed to provide a broad-based education for students interested in the field of crime and justice studies and to prepare students to assume leadership roles with crime and justice.