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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Beyond the Classroom

Our department has a strong research emphasis and we encourage volunteer work and involvement in the criminal justice field as part of students’ training. Student organizations, internships, and community outreach have the capability to define a student's experience outside the classroom.


Both undergraduate and graduate students have the option to work as an intern for course credit. It is not uncommon for an internship to yield a job offer, and there is always a wide selection of local organizations seeking interns. 

Student Organizations

From national societies to departmental groups, students can engage with their peers in the department through multiple organizations that conduct community service, monthly meetings, and activities. 


Students can take the opportunity to engage in research with faculty, who have expertise in various areas within the field and are actively working with a variety of criminal justice agencies. 

Adolescent Mentoring Program

In collaboration with the Pair Education Center, students can serve as mentors to adolescents at risk for school failure and involvement in the criminal justice system, making a positive impact in their community.

Lecture Series

Each academic year, students are invited to attend two lecture series hosted by the department and given by academics and practitioners within the criminal justice community, the Ellis MacDougall Lecture Series and the J. P. Strom/Rick Rescorla Justice Leadership Lecture Series.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Through funding from the National Science Foundation, the department offers 9 undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in a 10-week summer research program focused on Disparities in the Criminal Justice System. Admitted students receive a weekly stipend, money for travel and meals, and on-campus housing for the full duration of the program.

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