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Benefits of a Criminal Justice degree

Criminal Justice


A good University education should help you think critically, communicate effectively orally and in writing, and help you appreciate different ways of looking at the world. Studying Criminal Justice will help you understand the day to day operation of the criminal justice system, but also be familiar with ongoing issues and problems. As a social science major, your Criminal Justice degree will teach you the scientific method and the role of empirical research in studying social problems. As a major focused on law and society, you will gain an appreciation of the role of race, class, and gender in the development and application of the criminal law.

Knowledge

  • working knowledge of the three operational branches of the criminal justice system, police courts, and corrections
  • understanding of modern-day policing methods and the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches
  • knowledge of the legal process, criminal court system, appellate, court, and Supreme Court roles
  • understanding of the correctional process, including community corrections supervision, institutional placement, conditional release, and the strengths and weaknesses of retributive, treatment, and restorative justice models

Thinking

  • being open-minded to new thinking on familiar issues
  • understanding and appreciating the values and workings of the Canadian criminal justice system
  • understanding and applying theory to real world situations, events and processes
  • analytical and critical thinking about controversial issues
  • organizing and interpreting social, economic, and political data
  • reasoning and presenting arguments
  • respecting and appreciating cultural and ethnic diversity
  • sensitivity to race, class and gender issues
  • separating facts from values

Skills

  • reading comprehensively and writing effectively
  • reading and summarizing research studies
  • ability to work well under pressure
  • library research skills
  • computer skills such as word-processing, data analysis using software (SPSS and spreadsheets) for quantitative data
  • time management and project completion
  • legal reasoning
  • working cooperatively with others to complete a task
  • ability to persuade and influence others