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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, and a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 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

Students Recognized at 2022 Honors Convocation

Several Criminal Justice students were recognized on April 10th for excellence in their program. These students included: Lizbeth Arce Mendez, Jacob Dawson, Esmeralda Mena, Annette Baker, Macy McAdoo, Jorie Burnes, Maliah Clark, Catherine Grovum, Emma Pedersen, Annie Kappel, Rene Cardenas-Gutierrez, Joe Marion, and Sydney McCormick.


2022 Honors Convocation

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

brian iannacchione

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized outstanding faculty on April 14, 2019. Dr. Brian Iannacchione was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award.

UNC CRJ Graduate Students Present at A National Conference: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Anthony Azari presents at conference

Anthony Azari presented "Stakeholder Perceptions of Pretrial Risk Assessment" at the 2019 ACJS Annual Conference in Baltimore.

UNC CRJ Graduate Students Present at A National Conference: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Jessie Slepicka presents at conference

Jessie Slepicka presented "Perceptions of Pretrial Risk Assessment: An Examination Across Familiarity and Role in the Pretrial Process" at the 2019 ACJS Annual Conference in Baltimore.

Sarah Goodrum Discusses School Shooting: What Went Wrong and Future Preparedness

Read full school shooting story


From the UNC Magazine
Spring/Summer 2018 Issue

Reading for a Change

A UNC researcher seeks to understand how incarceration impacts relationships between inmates and their children with a program that helps build family bonds.

The goal is to build bonds between parents and children, and as an added benefit, individuals may not want to re-offend.

Kyle Ward, assistant professor of Criminal Justice

Continue Reading for a Change in the UNC Magazine.