Message from the Interim Department Chair

Dr Thomas (Tad) Hughes, JD, Ph.D.

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Department! Our team of students, staff and faculty are dedicated to our core mission of teaching and researching the administration of justice.  The field of criminal justice encompasses a wide variety of critically important social issues.  For this reason, it is an exciting time to study criminal justice.  Our discipline is unique in that it is both practical and theoretical in nature. We discuss and examine issues related to police, corrections, criminological theory, and social justice. We take great pride in producing well informed and prepared students.  Our nationally recognized faculty comes from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. They generate high quality research that informs practice and adds to our understanding of the core theoretical issues in criminal justice. Our department is blessed with supportive alumni working and leading criminal justice organizations at the local, state, and federal level.

The Department supports a traditional Bachelor of Science program.  This degree program provides students with a multi-disciplinary study of the structure and operation of the criminal justice system as well as a strong understanding of criminological theory.  This course of study prepares students not only for careers in the field of criminal justice but also for advanced graduate study.  Our students have opportunities for internships with various local, state and federal agencies.  These placements allow our students to bridge the gap between theory and practice.  In order to foster learning outside the classroom the department supports two active clubs for our undergraduate majors.  These clubs engage in service learning projects, promote lunch and learning seminars, and invite practitioners from various agencies to speak to our students.

At the graduate level, our department offers both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in criminal justice with courses designed to meet the needs of students who are already working in the field as well as students who are following the traditional path to a doctorate.

If you are a non-traditional learner please take a moment to explore our on-line Bachelor of Science or Master’s degree programs. Our on line program provides a convenient and practical method of education.  Our students reside all over the United States and are a mix of current practitioners and traditional students.

I have been privileged to spend my entire academic career with our department and I invite you to explore our web page to inform yourself about the exciting programs we offer. Or stop by our department as we have a wonderful staff to answer your questions.