Learning by Doing

In the Department of Criminal Justice, all of our undergraduates are required to complete an internship. Our master's students research various areas of the criminal justice system to prepare themselves for leadership positions in the field.

We want you to gain valuable experiences while you're in our programs.

Immerse Yourself

In the criminal justice programs at UL Lafayette, you won't spend all of your time in a classroom.

You'll be out in the world, learning about the ways our city, state, and country can be effective places for social justice.

Learn from the Best

When you are in the classroom, you'll learn from some of the best in their fields.

From juvenile justice to forensics, we have faculty experts who will help you find all the answers you're looking for.

Department of Criminal Justice

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.

With options to earn your undergraduate degree or master's in criminal justice, as well as minors in criminal justice and forensics, we have opportunities for you to learn more at every level.

Learn more about our programs.