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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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The criminology and criminal justice course of study is  grounded in research methods and criminological theories, focusing on the causes of, and societal responses to, crime and deviant behavior.

Our Degrees

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice provides a distinctive education for undergraduate and graduate students through an active program of applied research, program evaluation, and policy analysis. The department offers an undergraduate degree program (Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice), as well as a variety of graduate degree options (Masters, Ph.D., or the Dual Masters and J.D). 



Our faculty and students conduct research and publish papers on subjects varying from plea procedures in court to homeland security. Professors bring their real-world knowledge to the classroom to enrich the learning environment, and students develop skills that can propel them into continued study or professional positions.

In the Community

Beyond the learning inside the classroom and as a part of research initiatives, Criminology and criminal justice students have the opportunity to participate in various different campus groups, as well as apply their knowledge in internships for course credit. The department also maintains strong ties to organizations in and around Columbia, meaning we become aware of any new job openings in the region as they become available.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.