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College of Arts and Sciences

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students studying Criminology and Criminal Justice in the College of Arts and Sciences receive a strong foundation in the liberal arts and the social sciences that prepares them to address the challenges of crime in society.

A degree in criminology and criminal justice prepares students to pursue careers in law enforcement, victim’s advocate services, the prison system, security, evidence data collection and crime scene investigation.

Undergraduate: B.A.

The program of study for the B.A. degree has a strong research emphasis and encourages volunteer work and involvement in the criminal justice field as part of students’ training.  Courses focus on problem-solving and critical thinking.  Internships may be undertaken for course credit.

Graduate: M.A. and Ph.D.

The Master of Arts degree equips students with an understanding of the causes and societal responses to crime and deviant behavior.  Students completing the program will be prepared to continue their studies at the doctoral level or enter the field as practitioners.

Graduates of the Ph.D. program are prepared to enter teaching, research, or policy-making positions in the criminal justice system.  Faculty research and teaching interests span a wide variety of topics, including policing, courts, corrections, law and policy, criminological theory, sentencing, victimization, and program evaluation.


Department Chair
Brandon Applegate

Undergraduate Director
Patricia Armstrong

Graduate Director
Bobby Brame

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