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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.  Students earning the Ph.D. in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate:
        1.  The ability to write lengthy, well organized, well written, precise and persuasive papers and articles.
        2.  A clear understanding of the conduct of scientific inquiry investigating theoretical and policy related questions and arguments.
        3.  The ability to easily design research appropriate for 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.  Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA.
        7.  The methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various policies.
    2.  Detailed knowledge and understanding of specific security issues relevant to their theoretical and career interests.
    3.  Their ability to describe and evaluate security and justice problems from an objective perspective.


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