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Human Services - Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S.)

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MAJOR

The Human Services major prepares you to meet the growing demand for human service workers, whose occupations encompass a broad range of helping professions. The program combines courses from the disciplines of communications, sociology, and psychology to provide an overall understanding of the field. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of human behavior and to develop the skills necessary to function as a human services professional.

The Criminal Justice concentration in the Human Services major prepares graduates to find gainful employment in a variety of state and federal law enforcement fields that include law and probation officers, security officers, game wardens, correctional officers, and detective work. The major combines courses from various social science disciplines to provide a multidisciplinary understanding of human behavior and the political, organizational, social, and behavior aspects of its various components. The Criminal Justice Concentration focuses on the sources of criminal behaviors, including perspectives and contributions from criminology, psychology, and sociology. The curriculum is designed to develop critical thinking, analytical and research skills to enable students to identify and assess the often conflicting objectives of criminal justice and investigate basic issues and practical problems in criminology and the administration of criminal justice.

PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE

Completion of an internship is required. Majors who have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 are eligible to apply for semester-long
internships, for which students earn 3-12 credit hours. The internship provides supervised training in various regional agencies and service organizations. Students have completed their internships in various places, such as:
• Barnes County Sheriff’s Department
• Barnes County Juvenile Court
• State Highway Patrol
• James River Correctional Center
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