About the Department

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is housed within the College of Criminal Justice at SHSU, one of the oldest Criminal Justice programs in the United States. The Department is committed to providing students with a quality liberal arts education.

  • The Department serves approximately 3,000 undergraduate majors and nearly 350 graduate students
  • The Department’s M.S. On-Line graduate program was ranked #3 in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Faculty in the Department are the most productive criminal justice and criminology researchers in the United States (Kleck & Mims, 2016)
  • Courses are available on-line and on-campus in Huntsville and at The Woodlands Center
  • Many diverse internship opportunities are available to students
  • 34 full-time faculty members conduct research in all aspects of the criminal justice system, including corrections, policing, victimology, and criminology
  • College of Criminal Justice advisors provide outstanding services to students
  • Students present research findings at local, regional, and national conferences
  • Assistantships and scholarships are available for well-qualified graduate students
  • The Department is home to several student organizations:
    • Alpha Phi sigma
    • Lambda Alpha Epsilon
    • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
    • Crime Victim Services Alliance
    • Society of Forensic Science
    • National Association of Hispanics in Criminal Justice
    • Phi Alpha Delta Pre law chapter

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