The Department is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service. The programs promote an understanding of the legal and justice systems for both majors and nonmajors. Emphasis is placed on intellectual, experiential, and problem solving activities. We have broad, inclusive curricula that include common core areas of study; however, the programs also allow for flexibility in electives to allow students to best tailor their degrees in ways that are most reflective of their career and academic goals. Students acquire conceptual knowledge, critical thinking skills, and master basic skills to prepare them for entry level employment in criminal justice and legal systems, and related fields. Students also are prepared to pursue additional educational work at the graduate level.