Justice Studies Mission and Goals

Justice Studies Mission and Goals

The purpose of the Justice Studies Program is to provide students with a systems orientation to the field of criminal justice and a holistic view of behavior, conditions, and circumstances that produce crime and criminality. Crime, criminality, and the criminal justice system are studied from a social science perspective. Students acquire a knowledge base and comprehensive understanding of criminological theory as it applies to the causation, prevention, control, and treatment of criminal behavior. Students are provided the opportunity to study the application of forensic science within the context of the investigative process. The program provides students the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills in interpersonal communications, program and policy development, community organization, planning and research to function in a professional position in the field of criminal justice.

The Goals of the Justice Studies Program are:
  1. To develop graduates who demonstrate competency in the administration of criminal justice agencies
  2. To develop graduates who are knowledgeable in issues pertaining to the administration of criminal justice organizations
  3. To develop graduates who are ready to take leadership roles in criminal justice organizations as managers / administrators
  4. To develop graduates who demonstrate effective problem solving and critical thinking skills within the context of ethical decision - making


Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program Mission

The mission of the Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program at Methodist University is to increase the Global Information Security Workforce by educating, preparing and certifying technically competent graduates that will be able to conduct forensic investigations on electronic media, defend against theft of critical information and to combat the escalating cyber threat landscape.

The Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program at Methodist University combines Criminal Justice and Information Security Technology courses from the Justice Studies curriculum to provide students with the technical foundation and legal knowledge to investigate and conduct digital forensics investigations as well as to protect and defend against cyber/network intrusions.  Students apply their knowledge by implementing learned technical skills across all Justice Studies courses and conducting hands on exercises that help to reinforce curriculum content.  Students gain skills and expertise in the following areas:  

  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Penetration Testing
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Incident Response
  • Digital / Network Forensics and
  • Virtualization