About Our Department
Justice Studies Department began as the “Police School” in 1930, offering the first complete college education program for future police officers as an academic program in a regular academic curriculum, otherwise known as a “college major;” this was the first major in the field called Criminal Justice. Through time, scholars found that criminal justice and social justice are intricately intertwined.
- Criminal Justice Studies
- Forensic Science
- Legal Studies
- Human Rights
- Founded in 1930, the Justice Studies Department is the oldest academic program of its kind. It has consistently been rated among the nation’s best
- A unique program of Lecture Series, Research Colloquia, and guest lectures exposes JS students to cutting-edge scholarly debates in the areas of social (in) justice, law, penal politics, forensic science, and human rights.
- Required internship experience allows majors to apply theoretical concepts to practical situations.
- Required International Experience educates majors for global living.
- CSI Summer Camp
- Record Clearance Project
- Themis, Research Journal of Justice Studies and Forensic Science
- Major Events:
- The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in Law and Justice
- Forensic Science Lecture Series
- Annual Human Rights Lecture
- Department Showcase and Alumni Dinner
- Beyond the Books Lecture Series
- Confidence Challenge
Today We Offer Multiple Degrees:
- B.S., Justice Studies
- B.S., Justice Studies, concentration in Criminology
- B.S., Forensic Science, concentration in Biology
- B.S., Forensic Science, concentration in Chemistry
- M.S., Justice Studies
- Resident Program
- MS, Criminology, Concentration in Global Criminology
- Minors in Justice Studies include Human Rights, Forensic Studies, Legal Studies, and Justice Studies.
- Advanced Certificate in Collaborative Response to Family Violence