About us

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice advances a multidisciplinary understanding of the sources of criminal behaviors, including perspectives from criminology, criminal justice, sociology, law, and psychology. Our curriculum exposes students to knowledge of the major types of crime, including violent crimes, property crimes, public order crimes, organized crimes, and delinquent offenses Innovative and theoretically based programs in the criminal justice system to reduce the incidence of crime are also examined. 

The department's mission includes the goals of: 

  • Providing students with an interdiscplinary understanding of crime and criminal justice
  • Developing student's abilities to conceptualize and analyze problems of a ciminological nature
  • Exposing students to diverse viewpoints
  • Prepaing undergraduate students for careers in the criminal justice system
  • Teaching students the skills necessary to carry out advanced research projects
  • Academic preparation for students who wish to pursue a post-baccalaureate degree