Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department offers students the opportunity to analyze and interpret systems of social control that are applied through the criminal justice system and throughout society. The major develops skills in critical thinking, communication, and conducting and evaluating research to promote evidence-based decision-making. Inclusive learning environments require students to become knowledgeable and culturally competent individuals. As such the major emphasizes community engagement and service to prepare students for the jobs and leadership opportunities that will allow them to engage with the broader community and for their role as future change agents.

The B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a total of 36 credit hours in addition to the general education requirements for a degree in The College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Goals

  1. To produce educated, critical thinkers in issues related to crime who have strong communication skills.
  2. To produce practitioners and scholars who are knowledgeable regarding jobs and careers in the field of criminal justice and who are prepared to interact effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  3. To produce socially active and engaged consumers of knowledge who are able to interpret and respond to information in meaningful ways.

CJC student at Graduation with Distinction LuncheonStudent Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to integrate, critique, synthesize, and apply content from the diverse CJC classes offered.
  2. Students will have strong oral and written communication skills on issues related to crime (based on opportunities for improvement over the CJC curriculum).
  3. Students will have an adequate understanding of the skills needed to succeed in this field.
  4. Students will possess an understanding of the various job and career paths resulting from their CJC undergraduate degree.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to link theory, research and policy.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to engage with and address existing social problems.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in theĀ UMKC Course Catalog.

For information about advising, please contact umkccjc@umkc.edu.

Minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Students majoring in other disciplines have the opportunity to minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology. A minor in CJC is a great way to complement an existing major with broad knowledge of the criminal justice system and the causes and correlates of crime. Specific requirements and tools for planning a minor can be found in theĀ UMKC Course Catalog.