We live in a world where we are inundated with images of crime and injustice. Our nation spends billions annually on crime response and prevention. Unfortunately, public policies, programs and attempted solutions to our crime problem are too frequently driven by media imagery and public scares, rather than empirical reality.
It is our departmental mission to contribute to ensuring humane, just, and effective crime and justice policies, programs and practices by providing our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become informed citizens and effective agents of justice.
The Department of Criminal Justice is home to students who are working to advance our understanding of crime and criminality, design better approaches to effectively address crime and the problems related to it, and to those interested in engaging in social justice. Our hands-on educational approach provides the groundwork for successful careers in criminal justice, forensic science, law, loss prevention, private security, and much more.