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Criminal Justice Department
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice. Please take a moment to explore the links on the left and see all the opportunities we have to offer. Our undergraduate degree will prepare you for a wide variety of careers within criminal justice. With elective courses in juvenile justice, terrorism and homeland security, criminal investigations, and international justice, our extensive curriculum includes many current issues important to the field. If you are a non-traditional learner, consider the online degree completion program, where you can earn a quality UCM degree without leaving home.
Students interested in pursuing graduate education may be drawn to the accelerated dual degree program (earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in just 5 years). Of course, we also offer a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with course options face to face and online. Students have the option of completing original research (a thesis) for their terminal project, or taking the Individual Research course as their capstone experience.
The faculty and staff in the department come from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Be sure to click the link on the left to access the current faculty for the Criminal Justice Department, as well as see their interest area and research experience.
In addition to classroom instruction, the department offers several extracurricular experiences, too. Highlights include 3 student groups, Alpha Phi Sigma (our Honor Society), the Pre-Law Student Association helps answer law school admissions questions, and Lambda Alpha Epsilon provides students opportunities to participate in academic and skills competitions, community service projects, collaborative outreach with the Missouri Highway Patrol, and more. In addition, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals hears cases on campus every fall, we have an extensive list of employers that offer internship opportunities (Worlds of Fun Security, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the Secret Service, and Watkins Mill Youth Home, just to name a few), and many others – check out the archived issues of our newsletter, The Chronicle, to learn more!
Thank you for visiting our website. Feel free to contact us for more information about any of our curricular or extracurricular activities.
Lynn S. Urban, Department Chair