We use a social science approach to the study of crime and the criminal justice system. Our curriculum conveys broad knowledge about crime and justice, and social research methods related to understanding them. The program promotes an understanding of crime and justice and how they are related to human behavior, social environments, and government policy.
Courses focus on the basic institutions of society, such as family, education, religion, the economy, and government, as well as dimensions of social inequality, such as class, gender, and race. We offer both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science degree program. Both programs are intended to provide students with a broad liberal arts education and a focus on research methodology, analytical techniques, and areas of substantive interest within the discipline.