Criminal Justice at CSJ

The Personalized Learning track is available for people with a specific career or job in mind (ex: Director of a Boys and Girls Club). The specific courses and field experiences a student would be assigned would be established before his or her first semester at CSJ. All of the degree requirements would be tailored to prepare the student for the demands of his or her chosen career. This individualized plan of study would be developed cooperatively between the student and his or her academic advisor.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Educational Studies – Personalized Learning Guided Pathway here.


Major Requirements

EDU101 Intro to Education3This course will address issues related to the everyday processes of teaching. Topics include curriculum and lesson planning, classroom organization and behavior management, instructional strategies, current trends, the law and education, Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, the Common Core State Standards, the special education process, and a look at the historical foundations of education.
EDU327 Contemporary Issues in Education3This course will focus on the identification, definition, and analysis of some of the most important problems facing the contemporary, public elementary and secondary schools. Students engage in problem solving strategies which address the routine of daily school operations. Many topics and discussions are designed to bring forth an exposure to local and national issues which impact the school community.
EDU422 Practicum in Educational Studies3The purpose of the practicum is to provide the student with additional field experience to develop competencies related to the profession the student aspires to. The student is required to work with his or her academic advisor to develop a rigorous learning plan for the practicum. This plan will include, at least: a statement of learning goals, 40 hours of field experience, list of documents the student will create to show competency in the core job functions and learning goals, reflective essay describing the student’s strengths and weaknesses related to the core job functions and learning goals and a plan for improving upon and weaknesses.

Additional Program Requirements

BUS205 Principles Management3Introduces basic management principles used in the organizational environment. The four management functions studied are planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Other topics include the evolution of management theory, ethics, social responsibility,
diversity, organizational structure, human resource management, motivation, leadership, groups and teams, communication, organizational conflict and change, operations management, information systems and technology, innovation, product development, and entrepreneurship.
COM101 Speech Communications3Study and practice of communication styles such as small group discussions, impromptu, informative, demonstration, and persuasive speeches are emphasized. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills by constructive criticism of student presentations as well as constructing their own speeches.
GEO101 Intro to Geography3A survey of the earth's environment, how it varies spatially and how the human population interacts with it. Contemporary and historical examples are used to show the role of the human-physical environmental relationships in our economic, political and social life today. Several major contemporary world problems: e.g. the food supply, the fuel crisis, the population explosion and environmental deterioration are introduced.
HIS102 World Civilization II3This course examines varied aspects of world history from approximately 1500 to the present.
HIS103 US History I3This course presents a survey of the history of the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Students will be introduced to the major social, political, cultural and economic developments that occurred within the U.S. during this period.
HIS104 US History II3This course continues the study of United States history from the Post-Civil War Reconstruction to the present.
MAT104 College Algebra3A traditional college algebra course. Topics covered include the number system, rational exponents, polynomials, equations and inequalities, graphs, systems of equations, and exponential and logarithmic functions.
POS102 American Government3This course surveys the structure and functions of the U.S. political system, the historical context of that system, and the major issues and problems confronting that system in the current century.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches.
PSY201 Principles of Learning3An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience.
PSY334 Adult Development and Aging3Students will review and critically discuss traditional and contemporary perspectives documenting normative and non-normative life events that characterize growth and change from young adulthood through the senior years. Topics will include career choice and development, partner selection and marriage, conventional and nonconventional families, theories of adult personality development, mid- and late-life transitions, aging and dying and death and bereavement.
SCI107 Integrated Science I3This is one of two liberal arts courses that introduces students to the natural sciences, emphasizing central ideas and unifying concepts. In this particular course, the principles of physics and chemistry are presented in a manner that relates them to everyday life. Specifically, the basics of motion, Newton's Laws, energy and momentum, gravity, heat, electricity and magnetism, waves (sound and light), the atom, nuclear physics, matter, chemical bonds and reactions and organic chemistry are discussed. Also, science as a way of knowing is a focus of this course.
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes.
Science Elective 3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three science credits.
Fine Arts Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three fine arts credits.
History Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three credits of History.
English Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three English credits at the 300/400 level.
Behavioral Sciences Elective3The Educational Studies major requires students to take three Behavioral Science credits at the 300/400 level.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Educational Studies majors are required to complete the general education core.

General Electives

General Electives17Educational Studies majors are required to complete 17 credits of general electives.