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School of Social Research and Justice Studies

ContactClayton D. Peoples, Ph.D. - Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies
Phone(775) 784-4765
Fax(775) 784-1358
Location Office 209, Linoln Hall (LH)
Address 1664 N. Virginia Street
MS 300
Reno, NV 89557
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Department of Criminal Justice



The Department of Criminal Justice is part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. The department has approximately 700 undergraduates in its two programs, the general option major and prelaw major. It also offers a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

The department 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. In order to become a criminal justice major, a student must have and continue to maintain a 2.50 GPA.

Susan Lentz - Department Chair

Susan Lentz, Ph.D. Susan Lentz came to the department in 1993 with a background in legal, constitutional, and urban history, having received her doctoral degree in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and her law degree from the University of Denver. Prior to joining the faculty of the department of Criminal Justice, Dr. Lentz was a deputy attorney general for the State of Nevada and in private practice. Her legal interests focused on employment relations, public law, and families. Her teaching interest includes law, history, and gender roles. At UNR, she has created courses on the role of women in the criminal justice system and feminist jurisprudence addressing gendered violence. She also co-developed the department’s criminal law and procedure and legal research/method and legal writing courses. Dr. Lentz's research emphasizes integrating historical knowledge of law and gender issues and feminist legal theory with contemporary justice policy.

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