Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice. The department, one of nine units that make up the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in criminal justice. Criminal justice is among the largest academic units on campus, with nearly 600 undergraduate majors. The number of undergraduate criminal justice majors has more than doubled in the past decade, from 280 in 2000 to 592 in 2010. We graduate approximately 100 students per year.
As a department, our number one priority is student success. We are committed to student retention, graduation and placement. Noted for their student-centered focus, our faculty are heavily engaged with students on a wide spectrum of activities ranging from scholarly activities to community outreach. We strongly support criminal justice student organizations and their activities.
Each student, undergraduate and graduate, is challenged to take advantage of the many learning opportunities, whether in the classroom or in the community. We are constantly examining market forces to gauge the relevance of our curriculum to position our students for success. To meet the needs of our nontraditional students, we offer our bachelor's degree in criminal justice online as well as offer evening classes. Other priority areas for the department are study abroad, community engagement, internships/cooperatives and undergraduate research.
We strive for excellence. There is no substitute for "Eagle" pride.
Dr. Harvey L. McMurray
Chair, Department of Criminal Justice