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Washington State University Graduate School

Criminal Justice and Criminology, Ph.D.

Student Learning Outcomes


All graduates will be able to:

  1. The ability to write lengthy, well organized, well-written, precise and persuasive papers and articles.
  2. A clear understanding of the relationship between methods of inquiry and their applications to theory and policy development.
  3. The ability to design research suited to answer the questions and topics to be investigated.
  4. A basic understanding of current political, economic, cultural, and security trends in the USA and worldwide.
  5. Knowledge of major factors and drivers of changes in the domestic security and justice environments.
  6. Become familiar with the political, cultural, economic and societal diversity of identity groups (e.g., race, gender, ethnicity, lifestyles, and religion) within the USA.
  7. Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA and in the world.
  8. Methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various theories and policies.
  9. Detailed knowledge and understanding of specific security issues relevant to their theoretical and career interests.
  10. Develop and strengthen teaching skills at all undergraduate levels.
  11. Become socialized to the habits and conventions of the social science community of scholars.



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