Department of Criminal Justice

Department of Criminal Justice

Explore the many career paths in criminal justice from law enforcement to correctional agencies and examine how the administration of justice operates in society.

Criminal justice examines the actions of policing and law enforcement agencies, the judicial system and correctional agencies. The Department of Criminal Justice welcomes a diverse student body and encourages its students to explore the full range of opportunities in criminal justice and justice-related professions and graduate programs. Our students perform critical evaluation of how the administration of justice actually operates in American society.

The department is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. The classroom content of criminal justice is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories developed in a variety of fields. Theories are derived from sociology and psychology regarding the causes of crime and delinquency. Law, political science and history provide information about the development of law and the applications of sanctions within the legal process. Also, there is a rapidly growing body of knowledge derived from research efforts of practitioners in policing, the courts and corrections. Through our three-fold mission of education, research and service, we train model citizens and build a knowledgeable community on the field of criminal justice.

Department News

Jacqueline Kirshenbaum stands to receive award and flowers

Literacy program touts three local Volunteers of the Year

Three graduate students were awarded Volunteer of the Year by Boys and Girls Club

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Teaching in confinement

Two liberal arts professors teach criminal justice and literature behind bars

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Criminal Justice Department awarded grant in partnership with Reno Police Department to curb gun violence and opioid addiction

Increase in gun violence and opioid addiction in Reno leads researchers to take action