Justice in a Changing World

The fields of criminology and criminal justice have changed a great deal over the last 20 years, particularly in law enforcement, sentencing, and victims’ advocacy. UNC’s Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty offer courses on a broad range of topics to prepare students for these changes. Throughout the program, UNC’s CRJ faculty and professional advisor guide and support students in their course selection, career planning, and internship placement. In addition, the department’s annual CRJ Mock Oral Board and CRJ Employment Expo events connect students with potential employers and help students hone job interviewing skills.

At the undergraduate level, UNC offers a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a certificate in Criminal Investigation. At the graduate level, UNC offers a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The master’s program is delivered in a hybrid format giving busy professionals flexibility; the program’s core courses are held in the evenings at UNC’s Centerra campus in Loveland and elective courses are offered online.

News & Events

Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Goodrum smile for the camera with UNC students and Klawz

Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Goodrum smile for the camera with UNC students and Klawz.

"Reading for a Change" Seeks to Strengthen Bonds Between Inmates and Their Children

Kyle Ward, assistant professor of Criminal Justice, and undergraduate and graduate students who volunteer for the “Reading for a Change” program visit the Weld County jail weekly to record inmates reading children’s books.

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CRJ Department Chair Testifies before Legislature

Dr. Sarah Goodrum, CRJ Department Chair, recently co-authored a report on a December 2013 shooting at a Colorado high school. Graduate student Andrew Thompson assisted with the analysis of the project data. In January 2016, Dr. Goodrum, Bill Woodward, and Dr. Delbert Elliott (CU-Boulder) presented the report’s findings and recommendations to Colorado legislators. The findings were featured in numerous state and local news outlets and is informing the work on a $6.2 million National Institute of Justice grant on school safety.

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Faculty and Grad Student Present at ACJS

In April 2016, UNC was well-represented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) in Denver. Seven CRJ faculty members presented at this international conference, along with CRJ graduate student, Andrew Thompson, and CRJ Librarian, Lyda Ellis.

UNC Presentations included:

  • “Reentry Readiness and its Effects on Perceptions of Jail Reentry,” Kyle C. Ward, Brian Iannacchione, and Andrew Thompson
  • Perceptions of Defendants with Mental Illness in Colorado,” Mary Evans and Brian Iannacchione
  • “Social Control and the Relationship Between Religiosity and Crime,” Andrew Thompson
  • “Domestic Violence Legislation in Colorado: Unintended Consequences of Policy Revision,” Mary West-Smith, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Brian Smith
  • “Criminal Justice Students' Perceptions of a Required Library Research Course,” Lyda Ellis