Criminal Justice Department


Criminal Justice Students graduatingLearn more about our Department by downloading our Criminal Justice Department Overview Booklet

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary social science involving the study of crime and societal responses to it. The programs of study offered through the Criminal Justice Department provide students with knowledge of the components of criminal justice system and stages of criminal justice process with focused study of specific fields within the discipline. The curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels includes coursework in criminal justice and criminology, organizational theory and criminal justice ethics, and research methods and statistics with focused coursework in a particular specialization area. 

We are one of only ten programs in the United States to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the only one west of the Rockies.

Degrees offered:

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degrees

Criminal Justice Student Organizations

The Criminal Justice Honor Society -- Pi Delta is the local Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

The Criminal Justice Club is a student organization dedicated to providing hands-on education and experience in the criminal justice field.

Student Council Representatives

The College of Arts & Sciences Student Executive Council (SEC) consists of a group of student appointees who meet with Dean of the College to represent the concerns/interests of students. The Criminal Justice Student Representative for 2018-19 is Sophie Jensen. If you have any concerns, comments, feedback, ideas, or suggestions that you would like to make known to the college or the Dean, please share them with with our department's SEC representative.

The Arts & Sciences Graduate Council (ASGC) focuses on creating dialogue between administration and students; fostering academic interdisciplinary partnerships amongst graduate programs; and building community within the College as a whole.  The ASGC Representatives for 2018-19 are Mon-Cheri Barnes and Quintellea Grant-Carr


Micro Community Policing Plan

SU Criminal Justice and the Seattle Police department's ongoing collaboration to help local law enforcement and increase community engagement


Criminal Justice Department Newsletter


Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society


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