The Champlain College Criminal Justice Program offers you the field's full range of possibilities, covering the core competencies needed in today's changing environment. Through collaborations with professionals in the field, internships, classroom teaching and hands-on experience, you'll immerse yourself in criminal justice techniques and procedures. Along the way you will develop a diverse set of competencies that will enhance your marketability in one of society's most important fields.
Criminal Justice Learning Outcomes
- Have an understanding of "substantive criminal law" that includes a thorough knowledge of the "essential elements" of crimes ranging from "breach of the peace" and DWI to embezzlement and murder.
- Have a thorough knowledge of "procedural rules"—rules drawn generally from the 4th, 5th, 6th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution—that govern the collection of physical and testimonial evidence necessary to prove these elements and convict offenders of these crimes.
- Be prepared to use the most current, legally sound, investigative methods to identify and collect, relevant "physical evidence" of these crimes—evidence that may range from blood and fingerprints to computer files and financial records.
- Be prepared to use the most current, legally sound techniques to interview witnesses and suspects in order to gather and record, eyewitness accounts, admissions, confessions and other relevant testimonial evidence of these crimes.
- Have an understanding of all stages of the "criminal process" (juvenile as well as adult) from investigation and arrest through trial and sentencing.
- Have an understanding of "alternatives" to the traditional criminal process that include "diversion," "treatment courts" and innovative attempts to rehabilitate offenders in order to prepare them for a successful return to their communities.
- Be prepared to write clear, timely and accurate reports that describe their professional activities and summarize their conclusions.
- Be prepared to give clear, accurate public testimony that describes and explains the professional decisions they have made.