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Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of certain laws on the legal system and society.
  2. Correctly utilize technical skills required for legal writing.
  3. Demonstrate a mastery of legal skills required to pass a national certification examination.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and program levels through the midterm capstone project, consisting of a portfolio and resume, along with the final project and weekly assignments, completed in the following course: PLA 4850, American Jurisprudence Seminar. Students are strongly urged to pass one of the following national certification examinations: The National Association of Legal Assistant's (NALA) Certified Legal Assistant (CLA) Examination and/or The National Federation of Paralegal Association's (NFPA) Paralegal Advanced Competency Examination (PACE).

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ the conventions of standard written English.
  2. Select a topic, and develop it for a specific audience and purpose, with respect for diverse perspectives.
  3. Select, organize, and relate ideas and information with coherence, clarity, and unity.
  4. Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills, with particular emphasis on effective and persuasive oral and written arguments pertaining to the legal arena.

Communication skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed in ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Communication skills are also assessed in the capstone course.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Select and organize information.
  2. Identify assumptions and underlying relationships.
  3. Synthesize information, and draw reasoned inferences.
  4. Formulate an appropriate problem solving strategy.
  5. Evaluate the feasibility of the strategy.

Critical thinking skills are assessed as part of the General Education Program through papers, exams, and projects completed ENC 1101 Composition I, ENC 1102 Composition II, and HUM 2510 Understanding the Visual and Performing Arts. Critical thinking skills are also assessed in the capstone course.