Department of Criminal Justice

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Criminal Justice

The major in criminal justice prepares students for a career in criminal justice or related occupations. The degree exposes students not only to the plethora of issues associated with the modern-day criminal justice system in the United States, it also is designed to prepare students for the world of work through deliberate attention to the many ethical dilemmas with which criminal justice professionals are often faced; understanding the role that gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status play in the production of crime and the social control of same; and understanding the importance of the scientific inquiry for criminal justice policy making. Because of its emphasis on oral and written communication and higher order thinking, it also equips students with the skills needed to be successful in the pursuit of graduate education.


Students who are interested in the elective internship opportunity in criminal justice should review the Criminal Justice Internship Manual and an example of the syllabus for the internship course. Please direct all questions about an internship opportunity to Dr. Barbara Sims, Professor, Chair and Coordinator of Criminal Justice, at