Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology (BA-CJC). Upon completion of a B.A. in Criminal Justice & Criminology, undergraduate students will leave the program with a comprehensive understanding of the functioning of the justice system, in addition to career preparation.
Graduates of UMKC's Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology department will:
Have specific knowledge of the three major areas of America's criminal justice system: Police, Courts, and Corrections.
Understand how each sub-system within the criminal justice system operates, and how they interact with one another.
Have knowledge of the major criminological theories that attempt to explain delinquent and criminal behavior.
- Be able to read, understand, and utilize selections from the Criminal Justice and Criminology academic literature base, pertaining to a particular subject within Criminal Justice and Criminology.
- Possess the ability to craft a brief, organized and coherent essay in response to a question, problem, or issue.
- Know what career options are available to them with the credential of a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, and how to pursue those career options.
The department offers the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology (MS-CJC). The MS-CJC degree may serve as a terminal degree for those seeking appropriate study and academic credentials to qualify for management and administrative positions in justice-related agencies.
As part of this program, graduate students are provided advanced opportunities to learn and conduct research in a wide variety of criminal justice settings, while also receiving preparation for continued academic training and career advancement related to the field. Upon completion of a M. S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology, graduate students will leave the program with an exceptional understanding of the justice system.
Depending upon personal academic or career goals, students may concentrate studies in the treatment and research area, or the area of justice agency development and management.