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College of Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice Department

Criminal Justice Department

Learn 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


MACJ 10th Anniversary Event!



The MACJ is celebrating 10 years of excellence and all members of the Criminal Justice field are welcome to attend! Click here for more information. 

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 2016-17 is Joey Singer. 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 2016-17 are Mon-Cheri Barnes, Jessica Chandler, Gloria Lara, and Puao Savusa.


News and Events

Save the Date!: Friday, May 5th, 2017 @ 5:00 - 7:00 on campus (location TBD), join us as we the MACJ Program's 10th Anniversary and Reunion. Students past and present are invited to attend and celebrate all things MACJ. Details to follow!

Upcoming Continuing Education Event: Fair and Impartial Criminal Justice Practice -- A Science-Based Approach. Friday, April 28th, 2017 @ 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Dr. Lorie Fridell, former Director of Research at the Police Executive Research, will be presenting. 

DO NOT RESIST -- Screening & Discussion Wednesday, March 8th, 2017. Members of the SU and surrounding community met to learn about the trend of militarization of the police in our society. A panel of local criminal justice professionals immediately followed the screening.

Criminal Justice Professor Stephen Rice and Criminal Justice Advisory Board Member Sue Rahr published "From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals" with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) as part of Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety.

An in-depth study by Seattle University professors found costs related to pursuing the death penalty are about 1.4 to 1.5 times more than when a prosecutor does not seek death.

Details and more news and events here.