Criminal justice programs are often considered a training ground for students’ future careers; however, that training often lacks a focus on civic engagement. This article highlights an experiential learning project in an introductory criminal justice course that was designed to develop the skills of civically engaged professionals. The project, combining research with service-learning, was implemented in an undergraduate criminology course to demonstrate the ways in which research and theory are necessary for implementing social and political change. Student participants achieved the desired learning outcomes and gained a deeper understanding of their role as change agents. The success of this project suggests that a focus on experiential learning can help criminal justice programs across the United States to develop civically engaged citizens.
Lynn, Tamara J.
"Developing Civically Engaged Citizens in an Introductory Criminal Justice Course,"
eJournal of Public Affairs: Vol. 8
, Article 4.
Available at: https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/vol8/iss2/4
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