The MCJ capstone course provides a process and structure for SPA faculty to ensure that all MCJ graduates can demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and principles conveyed in the core curriculum, and can apply that knowledge to an analysis of contemporary issues in criminal justice. The written products of this seminar will be tangible evidence of a degree candidate’s qualifications and expertise—the centerpiece of a professional portfolio that candidates may use to secure or to be advanced in employment.
The Capstone Course will explore aspects of criminology and the criminal justice system that have been taught in various course in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program. Students will use the final capstone project to display their understanding and awareness of a specific justice system issue. Students will choose an area of interest that was emphasized in any of the courses in the Criminology and Criminal Justice program and partner with a local government agency or non-profit program to conduct a final project (see areas of interest list below). In the Advanced Seminar Course in Criminal Justice, students will demonstrate their mastery of the knowledge and skills acquired in core courses, as applied to either their chosen program concentration or individualized program.