College of Natural and Social Sciences
CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL WORK
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- To provide a broad academic and multidisciplinary background for students majoring in
- To prepare students of high character and ethical standards for leadership positions
within the employment areas of law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, private
security, and the courts;
- To assist students in gaining employment within criminal justice and related career
- To cultivate in students a realistic awareness of present and historical trends of crime
and criminal methodology;
- To stimulate an awareness of deviant and abnormal human behavior of concern to criminal
- To acquaint students with current literature and research pertaining to the
administration of justice.
Criminal Justice General Information:
At least 15 hours (5 courses) of upper division credit in criminal justice must be taken from UNK.
The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on
Social Work Education (CSWE).
- Apply critical thinking skills to generalist social work practice.
- Support and uphold professional standards, values, and ethics.
- Employ generalist practice skills in a way that is sensitive to diverse, oppressed, and at-risk populations.
- Demonstrate the professional use of self.
- Understand the forms and mechanisms of oppression and the strategies of change that advance social work and
- Understand the history of the social work profession and its current structures and issues.
- Utilize a strengths perspective; employ a planned change approach that reflects assessment, goals,
alternative strategies that lead to effective intervention on individual, group, environmental, and
- Assist and empower people to develop and use problem solving, coping, and networking capacities.
- Apply knowledge of bio-psycho-social variables that affect individual development and behavior.
- Identify and assess interactions of people within their social environment.
- Analyze the impact of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.
- Evaluate the extent to which the objectives of planned change efforts are achieved.
- Evaluate research studies and apply findings to practice.
- Use communication skills differentially with a variety of client.
- Under supervision, function within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems and
seek necessary organizational change.
- Link people with and assist in the development of resources, services, and opportunities.
The Social Work Program is accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Department does not grant academic credit for life experience or
previous work experience.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR
Two options are available in this major:
- Criminal Justice Comprehensive Option - Bachelor of
- Criminal Justice Option - Bachelor of Science Degree
The Criminal Justice minor is available for students pursuing majors
in other disciplines.
Courses with the prefix CJUS are offered by the department.
SOCIAL WORK MAJOR
One option is available in this major:
- Social Work Comprehensive - Bachelor of Science Degree
The Social Work minor is available for students pursuing majors in other disciplines.
Courses with the prefix SOWK are offered by the department.
1 May 2009