BAS in Criminal Justice
Western New Mexico University offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice for students who are interested in studying the principles and procedures of law enforcement, criminal justice, incarceration, and the legal system. Students will study the theories, laws, policies, and practices associated with criminal and delinquent behavior as well as government response to criminal violations. The program is based on the study of social sciences and focuses on application of the law and control of crime.
Students will take part in a curriculum which will develop their understanding of the sociological foundations of criminal justice, in addition to the law and legal system. Those classes include oral communications, written communications, general psychology, introduction to sociology, social problems, and American national government, among others.
Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for entry-level roles within the criminal justice system. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice; to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system; to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice; to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime; and to apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.
Delivery Format:100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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