Criminal and Community Justice (B.A.)

Degree Type
Degree/Major
Area of Interest
Health and Human Services
Degree Level
Undergraduate
College
College of Nursing, Health, and Human Behavior

Viterbo’s criminal and community justice program provides students with exposure to many aspects of the legal system and careers in corrections, the courts, law enforcement, and victim services. Viterbo students will not only gain knowledge of the structure and function of the criminal justice system, but develop awareness of social issues; ethics; and the role of class, race, and gender in their profession. The major focuses on the importance of communities in addressing and finding solutions for delinquent and criminal behavior.

Policy
  • Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the criminal and community justice major, students may not minor in sociology unless they take an additional nine credits in sociology, outside those required by the criminal and community justice major.
Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the components of the criminal and community justice system
  • Demonstrate an understanding of major criminological theories and an ability to apply them to practical examples
  • Employ scientific reasoning and critical thinking when evaluating and conducting social science research about criminal justice issues and policies
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the roles that class, race, and gender play in the workings of the criminal justice system
  • Effectively communicate their ideas orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the professional code of ethics and an ability to make decisions consistent with those standards
    Complete one Franciscan Values and Traditions course (VUSM-100 level course). Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Living in a Diverse World course. Transfer or re-entry students may have one or two mission seminars waived based on the number of transfer or completed credits.
    Complete one Serving the Common Good course.
    Complete one The Ethical Life course (VUSM-400 level).
    Complete three credits of historical analysis.
    Complete three credits of literary analysis.
    Complete four credits of scientific reasoning in the natural sciences.
    Complete three credits of scientific reasoning in the social sciences.
    Complete three credits of artistic engagement.
    Complete three credits of theological inquiry.
    Complete three credits of integrating faith and practice.
    Complete three credits of philosophical and moral inquiry.
    Complete three classes (nine credits minimum) of world language in preferably one, but not more than two languages.
    Complete a minimum of 40 upper division credits (300/400).
    Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits.

Criminal and Community Justice (transfer agreement) Major (Bachelor of Arts or Science)

Students with an earned A.A.S. degree from any Wisconsin technical college may earn a Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal and community justice. The degree must have been earned May 2006 or later. Students may not begin these programs or be considered a student in these programs until the A.A.S degree has been completed and documented on a transcript. The student cannot be dually enrolled. The A.A.S degree must be completed prior to transfer to Viterbo.

(Available to Wisconsin Technical College graduates with an earned Associate of Applied Science degree in criminal justice.)

  • Core curriculum and mission seminars (32-52 credits) – see core curriculum section of catalog
  • Major requirements (30 credits) – CRMJ 351, 375, 410, PHIL 315 (recommended), PSYC 270 or SOWK 280, PSYC 340 or SOWK 366, MATH 130 or PSYC 223 or SOCL 223, six credits of CRMJ 487, choose one of the following sequences: CRMJ 265 and SOCL 338, PSYC 230 and 330, SOWK 240 and 340
  • Bachelor of Arts requirement – a minimum of three classes (nine credits minimum) of world language in preferably one, but not more than two languages OR
  • Bachelor of Science requirement – a minimum of 11 credits of natural science and/or mathematics
  • Final degree requirements – a minimum of 120 college level credits, minimum of 40 credits at the 300/400 level

Transfer courses and waivers and/or substitutions could modify the required credit total in the core curriculum and major.