Orientations

Academic Program Orientations

Bachelor of Arts/Science in Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice program can be pursued face-to-face, online or students may elect to take courses both in-class and online. Those who expect to take any classes face-to-face must attend the traditional University wide orientation, and are required to schedule a time and date with the UCF Orientation Office once accepted to the University. At the general UCF orientation, students will also attend a 1 hour Criminal Justice orientation session where they will meet the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and the Coordinator of Academic Support/Department Advisor. Students will receive an informational packet describing all degree requirements, as well as the various programs (Scholars Track, Senior Scholar Program, Study Abroad Program, Internships and Certificates). Students choosing the online option must complete the online University orientation and the Criminal Justice online orientation. For more information about the Criminal Justice program, please contact the department at 407-823-2603.

For more information about the online option, click here: http://www.ucf.edu/online/degree/criminal-justice-b-a-b-s/

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The week prior to the semester students will receive an online orientation presentation for new students. Students will also receive a welcome email with information on course scheduling, myUCF functions, and advisor contact information.

College Orientations

The College of Community Innovation and Education’ Undergraduate Student Services office provides student support and is located in HPA II – Suite 115. The office hosts a series of college orientations aimed at providing students with information they need to successfully complete a degree program in the college. College orientations are held in conjunction with the general UCF Orientations throughout the year. During college orientations, students will receive academic advisement and will register for classes. For specific information, please visit Undergraduate Student Services or contact the office at 407- 823-0010 or hpainfo@ucf.edu.

General UCF Orientations

There are several different orientations available for students depending on the program they are beginning. Initially, all students are required by the university to attend a general UCF Orientation. Click here for more information.

General UCF orientations are tailored to the status of the student, such as freshman or transfer student, and they aim to help students transition to UCF. These sessions provide valuable information on such important topics as class schedulesimmunizations requirements, financial aid and student services.


Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the following memorial scholarships:

  • Amy Kuritar-Lohriman Endowed Scholarship
  • Criminal Justice Memorial Scholarship
  • Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Debbie Phillis
  • George Desalvia Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Detective Barry Pruette Memorial Scholarship/Rotary Club Scholarship
  • Margaret M. Samet Memorial Scholarship
  • ASIS Foundation Scholarship
  • The Jennifer Kesse Endowed Scholarship
  • UCF Alumni Association Scholarships
  • Student Government Association

Students are invited to register and search for scholarships through A2O – Access to Opportunities.

Additionally, there are several local organizations that provide scholarships annually, such as the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS Foundation Scholarship),UCF Alumni Association and Student Government Association. Many scholarships specific to criminal justice and/or legal studies are available from professional organizations such as the American Criminal Justice Association and the Justice Studies Association. In early fall, scholarship announcements are sent to our department and posted outside the department’s office (HPA I – Suite 311) on the bulletin board.

Information for graduate students concerning fellowships, assistantships, tuition waivers and loans is available online at www.graduate.ucf.edu.

Financial Aid

Financial aid information and application forms may be obtained in the department office and the UCF Financial Aid and Multicultural Academic & Support Services Office.

FINANCIAL AID FOR MASTER’S DEGREE STUDENTS
The College of Community Innovation and Education and the UCF College of Graduate Studies offer a number of opportunities for full-time master’s degree students to receive fellowships and other means of financial support.

For complete information and other funding opportunities not listed here, visit www.admissions.graduate.ucf.edu/funding/.

Fellowships

Graduate Dean’s Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $4,000 supplement to a qualifying assistantship or fellowship
Duration: 4 years
Eligibility: all new master’s, specialist, or doctoral students
College-nominated

Florida A&M University Feeder Program
Yearly stipend: $10,000
Duration: 4 years doctoral;2 years master’s
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed the FAMU Feeder Scholars program and graduated from FAMU within the last three semesters of their entry into a UCF graduate program
Fellowship application due March 1

Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $5,000
Duration: 1 year
Eligibility: new and continuing graduate minority students (U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens)
Fellowship application due March 1
UCF Graduate RAMP Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $10,000
Duration: 4 years doctoral;2 years master’s
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed the UCF undergraduate RAMP program
Selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee
Fellowship Application Due Date: January 15 for Fall Admission

UCF Graduate McNair Fellowship
Yearly stipend: $17,000 doctoral;$10,000 master’s
Duration: 2 years doctoral; 2 years master’s
Eligibility: new graduate students who completed a McNair Scholars program as an undergraduate
Selected by UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee
Fellowship Application Due Date: January 15 for Fall Admission
Summer Mentoring Fellowship
Summer stipend: $3,500
Duration: 1 summer semester
Eligibility: all new incoming minority graduate students (U.S. citizens or permanent resident alien)
Program-nominated, February 15

Assistantships

Department of Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice makes every effort to support funding for graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and graduate research assistants (GRAs). Each January, the department evaluates students (full-time only) for graduate teaching assistantships for the upcoming fall semester. GTA positions include a tuition waiver, stipend and health insurance. Students are responsible for university fees. GTAs work on campus for 20 hours a week assisting professors. GRA positions vary by grant funding.

Those who applied by January 15th for admission in the spring, summer and fall of the upcoming academic year will be considered for GTA and fellowship positions. Eligible students are evaluated by the Graduate Committee as part of this very competitive process, and offers are made in the early spring. Only those students with a completed application packet will be reviewed. That includes a complete application for either track, competitive GRE score, at least two letters of recommendation, a statement of goals and a resume. Contact the Department of Criminal Justice office for more information at 407-823-2603.

UCF Department of Housing and Residence Life
UCF’s Department of Housing and Residence Life supports graduate residence coordinator positions that provide a valuable work experience for graduate students where classroom knowledge can be applied to professional practice.

Learn more about these positions on the Department of Housing and Residence Life’s website under Graduate Assistant.


Student Organizations

Outside the classroom, the Department of Criminal Justice sponsors two student organizations. Many criminal justice students actively participate in these groups and work on a variety of service projects in the community.

ALPHA PHI SIGMA (APS)
(National Criminal Justice Honor Society)

UCF Chapter Advisor:
R.Cory Watkins, Ph.D.

Student Organizations

LAMBDA ALPHA EPSILON (LAE)
(Pre-Professional Criminal Justice Fraternity)

Each spring, LAE sponsors a universitywide career fair with dozens of agencies and law schools participating.

Learn more about Lambda Alpha Epsilon at UCF on Facebook.

Student Organizations


Writing Resources

Sources of Academic Assignments

Generally, acceptable sources for academic papers include government reports (e.g., Bureau of Justice Statistics), peer-reviewed journal articles (e.g., Justice Quarterly, Criminology, etc.), or a book published by a reputable press (e.g., Waveland, Prentice-Hall, Sage, etc.). It may also include certain types of publications from non-governmental agencies such as Abt Associates, Council of State Governments, Pew Trusts, RAND Corp., Vera Institute of Justice or Urban Institute (which are generally government-sponsored reports).

Peer-Reviewed Sources
The highest standard for acceptable sources includes peer-reviewed articles and books. Peer-review refers to a process through which research and theory papers are reviewed by experts in a particular field. Those experts determine whether or not a piece of work meets professional standards and appropriate research methods and analysis. Relatively few papers make it through a peer-review their first time, and many require subsequent “revision and resubmission” before they are published. Many papers are rejected as being below the quality level expected in a professional field. Thus, the “gold standard” of publishing is to be published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Many government and “think-tank” publications go through a similar review process, but are not always reviewed by an organized journal. They do meet professional standards. However, not all not-for-profit organizations subject their materials to this form of rigorous review.

Other Sources
Websites that offer short descriptions of theory, www.wikipedia.org, or pure advocacy organizations are examples of things that are not usually acceptable sources for scholarly papers.

“Legal” research and “social science” research have entirely different processes and applications. Generally speaking, law review articles do not go through the same form of peer-review process that social science articles do. Therefore, legal research may not be appropriate for a scholarly paper; this is especially true of law review articles that claim to be empirical research articles, but whose author has not conducted either the research or analysis of the data. As a general rule, do not use law review articles unless you are speaking directly to a legal issue.

Learn More
For additional information regarding the selection of articles for academic assignments and other writing topics, such as avoiding plagiarism, citing sources using APA style, and conducting a literature review, see UCF’s Information Literacy Modules at http://infolit.ucf.edu/students/modules/.

The Writing Process

For help with overcoming writer’s block; developing critical thinking skills; understanding the material to be written, planning, organizing, revising and editing papers; designing oral presentations; and analyzing the rhetorical demands of a writing task, visit the University Writing Center. Click here for more information or give the center a call at the following locations:

Orlando: 407-823-2197
Cocoa: 321-433-7873
Daytona Beach: 386-506-3297