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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Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate programs total were included in the publication’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools edition. The list shows the university’s upward trajectory in the number of programs on the top 100 list; there were 18 programs ranked in
"One of my favorite phrases with my students is criminal justice is no longer just us. We have to bring everybody into this if we really believe that criminal justice has any rehabilitative hope or function,” says Roberto Potter, professor of criminal justice at UCF. Fifteen years ago, the then U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona,
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