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Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies

We offer a broadly structured interdisciplinary curriculum.

The Criminal Justice and Security Studies Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. It is a broadly structured, interdisciplinary and criminological curriculum comprised of faculty who are criminal justicians, criminologists, community activists, psychologists, political scientists, social workers, law and justice scholars and sociologists. 

As a broadly structured interdisciplinary curriculum, the mission of the department is to provide students with knowledge of the historical, philosophical, social, political and legal theories, concepts, practices and events which shape the criminal justice system, its agencies and components in society. The department demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of diverse ideas and experiences. 

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of students have a chance to participate in internships or service learning


of students are employed or enrolled in an advanced-degree program after graduation

5 years

students can earn a bachelor's degree with a Juris Doctor

Light your path at UD

Our major is composed of an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of faculty in criminal justice, management information security, sociology, anthropology, social work, political science and psychology. We offer four concentrations to enhance your degree. 

Announcing the Criminal Justice Studies 3+2 Program

The Department of Criminal Justice and Security Studies' accelerated pathway to a Juris Doctor (JD) is exclusively available to first year students. Incoming students declaring Criminal Justice Studies as a major with a Pre-Law concentration have an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a JD in 5 years, as part of our 3 + 2 or, in six years in the 3 + 3 pathway.

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In the News
Campus and Community 09.14.21
University of Dayton Criminal Justice Studies program elevated to department, creating more experiential learning opportunities for students

Criminal justice studies majors at the University of Dayton now have greater research, collaboration and experiential learning opportunities with their program’s transition to a department within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Humanities and Social Sciences 04.19.21
University of Dayton criminal justice studies course goes live with inmates serving sentences on death row

University of Dayton students in this spring’s Introduction to Criminal Justice course are learning first-hand about life on death row by speaking directly with inmates featured in the book Crimson Letters: Voices from Death Row by author Tessie Castillo.

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Students and Campus Life 10.19.20
University of Dayton criminal justice student writes law enforcement guide on engaging with Muslim communities

University of Dayton junior Huthayfa Usman created a reference guide for law enforcement to use when engaging the Muslim community. He hopes his guide, which provides basic information about Muslim culture, helps to build trust between community members and police.

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