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Expected competencies

Upon graduation from the GCC Criminal Justice Programs, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply skills and knowledge necessary for entry-level positions and/or continued study in criminal justice or related fields.
  2. Explain the basic concepts, operations and services of the primary agencies that make up the criminal justice system.
  3. Analyze theoretical perspectives on normative behavior and social deviance and identify specific crime typologies and offender profiles.
  4. Understand the historical and current roles that diversity plays in our society in lawmaking, criminal conduct, criminal justice practices, crime control policies and treatment of victims.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in identification and explanation of Constitutional processes, substantive law content, and application of appropriate techniques in the investigation, apprehension, prosecution, defense, adjudication, punishment, and rehabilitation of criminal offenders.
  6. Demonstrate essential skills including reading, writing, communications, critical thinking and reasoning.
  7. Utilize the knowledge and terminology required of a criminal justice professional.
  8. Analyze current issues facing the criminal justice system and ethical choices confronting criminal justice practitioners.
  9. Analyze career opportunities and assess skills and abilities in relationship to specific positions.