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Crime and society's attempts to control it are the main focus of the major courses in the curriculum. A variety of approaches and issues, from community policing to "three strikes and you're out" are evaluated and discussed as possible solutions. Lower level courses provide a general introduction to the components of the criminal justice system while upper level courses provide a more intensive analysis of areas such as management, comparative criminal justice, research methods and community crime prevention.

One of the strengths of the program is its versatility. It combines the core of liberal arts courses, the pre-professional criminal justice education, and the electives tailored to the needs and interests of the individual student. Under the new core curriculum, the following concentration of courses is required for a Bachelor's degree:
  Criminal Justice
Natural Sciences
Foreign Language
Liberal Arts
Other courses

Total Courses

The curriculum is designed to provide a balance of classroom and out-of-class education, with opportunities to do research and observe criminal justice agencies in the community. A semester-long internship with a local agency is required of senior students.

Internships are available in a variety of municipal, parish, state and federal criminal justice agencies. These include: Louisiana Department of Probation and Parole, Lafayette Community Correctional Center, United States Probation, Acadiana Shelter for Girls, Louisiana Office of Juvenile Services, Lafayette City Police, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department, and several area indigent defender programs.

Document last revised Tuesday, March 1, 2011 9:52 AM

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