Criminal Justice

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Justice career path

Undergraduate and graduate programs prepares student for justice-related careers.

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We are here for you

Students have plenty of opportunities to become academically and professionally successful.

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Field experts

Our criminal justice professors and instructors share with students years of expertise in their fields.


Welcome, we have much to offer

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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.

The department is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. It has more than 750 undergraduates in its two tracks, the Criminal Justice major and Law and Justice specialization. It also offers a master's degree in criminal justice.

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Inside Out


Nevada's criminal justice class brings inmates, students together to learn side-by-side.

Inside Out

Inside Out Class

Iraqi Youth Leadership Project

Dr. Jennifer Lanterman partnered with the Northern Nevada International Center to work with the Iraqi Youth Leadership Project (IYLP) in the summer of 2015.

Iraqi Youth

Yori Park Project

Reno Police Department and UNR students evaluate community issues in and around Yori Park in Reno.

Yori Park

Criminal Justice Intern Assists Investigation

A UNR criminal justice intern with the Reno Police Department's Gang Unit assisted in the capture of this tagger.

Criminal Justice Student Assists RPD Investigation

Tour of Rite of Passage


Dr. Melanie Taylor's Juvenile Justice class attended a tour of Rite of Passage (ROP) in Yerington, NV on February 13th, 2015.

Rite of Passage Tour

Smart Policing Initiative: Prescription Drug Abuse (2014)

Criminal Justice Associate Professor, Dr. Barthe, completed work with the Reno Police Department on Federal Bureau of Justice Assistance grant to address the problem of prescription drug abuse in Northern Nevada.

Smart Policing Initiative

Annual Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey (2013)

Prof. Barthe recruited Criminal Justice students to help with the the annual Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey. 

Reno Police Department Citizen Satisfaction Survey

2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Dr. Barthe, along with members of the Reno Police Department, attended the 2nd annual National Prescription Drug Abuse Summit in Orlando, Florida. 

2013 Prescription Drug Abuse Summit

Contact Us

Contact Department of Criminal Justice (0214)

1664 N. Virginia Street

Reno, NV 89557

Phone (775) 784-6164

Ansari Business Building, Room 601