Welcome to the website for the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado. The Bachelor of Arts program was established in Fall 2003 and reflects a liberal arts tradition and prepares students for entry-level positions in the criminal justice system. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MACJ) is a Loveland campus + online hybrid program that is a blend of on-campus and online education designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.
Here you will find information about our program (both our major and our minor), our students, our alumni, and our faculty, as well as helpful material on course offerings, financial assistance, and careers.
CRJ Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Northern Colorado’s Department of Criminal Justice is to create a student-centered academic environment that provides students with opportunities to understand the role the criminal justice system plays in a multifaceted democratic society, to examine complex social problems, and to become contributors to the on-going process of system improvement. Relying on an interdisciplinary approach grounded in the liberal arts tradition, our faculty and curriculum encourage students to articulate, through written and oral methods, how criminological theories inform policy, how research guides system review and decision-making, and how ethical considerations and cultural awareness promote visionary leadership in the criminal justice system. Our graduates are prepared to serve and enhance their communities in a variety of work settings or to continue their contribution to the field of criminal justice through advanced education.
CRJ Program-Level Goals
1) To provide students opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that guide decision-making and performance in academic and workplace settings
2) To provide students with the ability to apply criminological theories, research methods and the analytic skills needed for evaluations and reports
3) To provide students with an understanding of the ways the economy, cultures, diversity, and social institutions influence human behavior as it relates to criminal justice policy and practice
4) To provide students with an understanding of ethical issues and protocols inherent in criminal justice systems, organizations, and practices
5) To provide students with opportunities to develop written and oral communication skills necessary for internships and employment