Specific learning outcomes of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree with the Juvenile Justice Studies concentration include:
- Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
- Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
- Written and Oral Communication
- Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
- Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout historyand within contemporary society
- Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis
- Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
- Fundamental understanding of the historical development of concepts of juvenile justice
- Understanding and basic knowledge of major theories, concepts and processes of adolescent behavior
- An understanding of the complex factors that contribute to adolescent behavior, its impact, and societal responses.
- Developing skills in vital areas such as suicide assessment, crisis intervention, and family mediation
- Gaining skills to address youth issues in the context of government agencies and community organizations
- Detailed understanding of current practices and research on successful treatment models
Careers and Further Study
Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.
Students may go on to graduate study in juvenile justice, criminal justice, forensic psychology, youth development and advocacy, family studies, addiction studies, and counseling. Career possibilities include juvenile residential and community-based programs, state and private non-profit agencies, probation departments, violence prevention, child protection and youth advocacy.