The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in teaching, research and service. Dedicated to its students, the faculty delivers outstanding instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, incorporating learning, service and inquiry. The department also conducts quality research and pursues local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. By actively developing meaningful partnerships, it provides exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and academic community.
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The University of Central Florida’s online undergraduate programs are among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2019 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs List ranked UCF No. 14 in the United States. It is the university’s all-time highest ranking in this category, moving up two spots from its 2018 placing. UCF
Inmates in the nation’s jails commit three times more suicides than in prisons. Undergraduate Megan Small researched what might cause this dramatic difference and found results that could influence the way we think about jail suicide and suicide risk. Megan Small, who is pursuing undergraduate degrees in both criminal justice and psychology, presented “Towards a
Congratulations to our college's Gene Paoline, professor of criminal justice, on his Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology Division of Policing. He is also the incoming chair of the division and Jacinta Gau, associate professor criminal justice, will serve as co-chair. The Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida provides excellence in