What Exactly Are We Teaching Our Students?

Debra Ross, Buffalo State College


This paper analyzes the curriculum of all four-year undergraduate criminal justice programs in the United States. The presentation will be a summary of the findings dealing with the average program in relation to core courses, number of credit hours and specific electives, with a particular focus on the existence of white collar and organized crime courses. Discussion will be focused on the lack of organized crime and white-collar crime courses that are offered in the various curricula. Argument will then be made as to why it is essential that given the times and various other reasons which will be discussed, these courses should be a part of every criminal justice program.

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Updated 05/20/2006