The academic program in Criminal Justice is designed for career-seeking students. The purpose of the program is to produce critical thinkers who are knowledgeable, communicate effectively, work collaboratively, and adapt to changing realities and circumstances. The program strives to familiarize students with facts, concepts, and knowledge affecting the development of public policy, justice, security and public safety in America. Critical thinking skills, leadership, communication skills, the ability to integrate ideas and a commitment to lifelong learning are primary outcomes for students in the Criminal Justice program. More important, the curriculum promotes ethical behavior in applying skills and academic knowledge to practical situations. It provides insights to social, political, legal and historical issues that are essential in problem solving. It provides perspective that enables students to work effectively in diverse, changing circumstances affecting diverse, changing populations. With this understanding, students are encouraged to think creatively in exploring ways to promote public safety, prevent crime, and improve the state of the criminal justice system overall.