Academic Programs Addendum – September 2016


Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Behavior

*West is not currently enrolling new students into this program.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Behavior is designed to prepare students for success in a variety of professional settings ranging from law enforcement to social work. The program combines courses that focus on criminology, criminal investigation, juvenile justice, and addictions. By combining courses in criminal justice with courses in behavioral science, graduates will be prepared to focus on crime prevention techniques as well as the administration of justice and rehabilitation.

See complete program details for the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Behavior.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply principles of leadership and team facilitation in the direction and use of human resources to accomplish the goals of a modern criminal justice or social service organization.
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to self-directed action, self-discipline, and life-long learning through examinations of criminal justice and social service career paths.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles, codes, and standards of conduct within the criminal justice field and integrate ethical, legal, and economic accountability into professional criminal justice or social service practice.
  4. Demonstrate basic skills in the application of research methods and statistical tools to criminal justice research and the application of findings to practice.
  5. Demonstrate critical thinking strategies—including reasoning, problem solving, analysis, and evaluation—in criminal justice or social service settings.
  6. Exhibit global thinking with a concurrent ability to act locally in an effective manner within criminal justice or social service organizational environments.
  7. Explain the principles of a pluralistic society in a variety of settings as they uniquely apply to practitioners, victims, and offenders and show respect for the multicultural world.
  8. Discuss and explain components of the contemporary criminal justice system inclusive of policing, courts, institutional and community corrections, victim advocacy organizations, and ancillary social service organizations that constitute the entirety of the criminal justice system.

Course Requirements

General Education Core Requirements – 42 credits

Elective Courses – 21 credits

Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) – 15 credits

ECO 301Economic Theory

3

INB 300International BusinessWriting Intensive

3

MGT 340Organization Theory and Behavior

3

MGT 352Political, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Business

3

RES 311Quantitative Methods for Decision Making

3

Liberal Arts Core – 15 credits

BEH 221Introduction to Behavioral Science

3

BEH 331Human Relationships and Interpersonal Communication

3

HRM 335Human Resources Management

3

MGT 337Supervision and Leadership

3

PHI 204Ethics and Values

3

Major Requirements – 33 credits

BEH 311Social Psychology

3

BEH 317Biological Basis of Behavior

3

BEH 318Addictions

3

BEH 430Theories of Counseling

3

BEH 440Abnormal Psychology

3

CRB 300Foundations of Criminal Behavior

3

CRB 320Criminology

3

CRB 340Juvenile Justice Procedure

3

CRB 360Communication in the Criminal Justice SystemWriting Intensive

3

CRB 370Criminal Investigation

3

CAP 485Integrated Capstone

3

Total Credit Hours: 126