Forensic Studies Program Outcomes

All students will be required to complete the core courses, which consist of five courses totaling 18 credits, including a 6 credit capstone. In addition, students will be required to complete six courses totaling 18 credits in their elected track.

Upon completion of the program, all graduates will be able to

  • Explain the history, philosophy and administration of criminal justice.
  • Explain the legal procedures of the criminal justice system.
  • Interpret, analyze and summarize the findings of an investigation.
  • Communicate the findings of an investigation in a courtroom setting.
  • Identify and explain the civil and criminal justice processes.
  • Identify and explain ethical implications of investigative techniques.
  • Make oral presentations.
  • Apply pertinent rules of evidence, create and conduct direct and cross examinations of witnesses.

Two convenient formats allow students to choose the program that best fits their needs.

Online Program

  • Classes and assignments completed online.
  • Courses offered in accelerated 8-week sessions.
  • All courses taught by faculty with experience in the classroom and in the field.
  • Includes a 6 credit, 15-week capstone course that culminates in a one-week resident trial held at the SU campus.

On-Site Program

  • Classes held in the evenings at the SU campus.
  • Courses offered in accelerated 8- week sessions.
  • Faculty bring real-world expertise to the classroom.
  • Includes a 6 credit, 15-week capstone course held in the evenings at the SU campus.

Admission to the program will be based upon the following:

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in a related discipline as appropriate to the track
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Personal interview
  • Writing sample