Student Assessment

Criminal Justice Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)


Student learning outcomes are listed below. They are tied to both the General Education (GE) learning outcomes and the University’s stated outcomes. The cross referencing to these are instructive and demonstrate the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program’s commitment to promoting and fostering the overall mission of the University to ensure quality education is provided to students of the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program.  To review the comparison of Criminal Justice SLOs to GE and Kean SLOs click here.

Students who graduate with a BA in Criminal Justice should be able to:

SLO1:  Understand the main principles of the United States Constitution, specifically related to individual rights and due process.
SLO2:  Identify the main components of the criminal justice system, and summarize the salient issues related to each component.
SLO3:  Use theory to explain why people commit crimes and how offenders can be deterred.
SLO4:  Students will design and conduct an original research study on a topic related to the study of CJ.
SLO5:  Students will communicate effectively.

Values taught by the program 

Value 1: Personal responsibility
Value 2: Ethical and social responsibility
Value 3: Active social and civil engagement
Value 4: Respect for diverse cultures
Value 5: Life-long learning.


Assessment of SLOs is achieved, in part, via a comprehensive knowledge test in the capstone course (CJ 4600). The subject areas students must demonstrate 
knowledge include: criminological theory, diversity in criminal justice, policing, law and courts, and corrections.



The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program at Kean University has several related goals that are aligned with the Mission of the Department of Criminal Justice. The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to prepare students as criminal justice academics and professionals who will contribute to the community, profession and discipline through critical thinking, research and participation in the criminal justice system or academia. The Master of Arts program adds depth to the students existing knowledge and provides students with the tools necessary to strengthen their analytical skills and theoretical understanding of the varied and diverse areas within the criminal justice student with the expectation of students contributing to the advancement of knowledge within the academy.

Students who graduate with a MA in Criminal Justice are expected to:
SLO1: Demonstrate in-depth theoretical knowledge of criminal justice.
SLO2: Critically analyze criminal justice research and methods.
SLO3: Apply theoretical ethics frameworks to critical issues in the criminal justice system.
SLO4: Effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, their understanding and analysis of criminal justice.