The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to providing excellence in teaching, service and research. We blend the latest technological advancements in criminal investigations with a public policy approach to examining crime, criminals and justice policy. Our faculty conduct quality research on an array of topics within the criminal justice field, including domestic violence, juvenile courts, community corrections, school safety and cybercrime. They also pursue local, state and federal funding to advance knowledge in our discipline. Additionally, by actively developing meaningful partnerships, the department provides exemplary service to the university and the broader professional and academic community.

34
Full-time Faculty
#11
Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs U.S. News & World Report
+1,500
Enrolled Students
+100
Internship Placement Partnerships
#22
Best Criminal Justice Graduate Programs U.S. News & World Report
16
Doctoral Students
Strategic Plan

The Department of Criminal Justice is committed to creating engaging and inclusive learning experiences.

Mission & Vision

Mission
The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to equip future criminal justice professionals and scholars with ethical principles and analytical skills through excellence in teaching, scholarship, mentoring, community engagement and partnerships. The department conducts engaged scholarship and funded research to advance knowledge within our discipline. The department fosters meaningful partnerships to serve the university and broader professional and academic community.

Vision
The department aspires to be a national leader in preparing future professionals and scholars in criminal justice.

Values
The department values and practices collegiality, innovation, excellence, scholarship, leadership, integrity, inclusivity, community and social justice.

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