The Criminal Justice and Criminology Program offers undergraduate coursework intended to provide a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system and its interrelation with society. A foundation curriculum is offered to assist students planning to enter graduate school, law school, research, government service, or social services including law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, juvenile justice, and victim services.
In addition to the undergraduate program, graduate study is offered at the Master's level. Our graduate program is designed to prepare pre-service students for criminal justice careers and to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who have already initiated their careers in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, or legal studies. The graduate program also is designed to prepare our graduates for further graduate or professional education.
The Department of Criminal Justice was founded in 1974 and was among the first in the state of West Virginia to offer both B.A. and M.S. degrees in criminal justice. In 2010, Criminology was added to the department title to reflect the importance of theory and research. Finally, in 2013, the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology (CJC) merged with the Department of Integrated Science & Technology (IST) to further strengthen the already existing collaboration between the two departments, especially in the areas of digital forensics, computer crime, and forensic science. Today, CJC is one of six programs under the umbrella of IST, making IST one of the largest and most dynamic departments in the College of Science at Marshall University.
Criminal Justice & Criminology
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755-2662
Office: Smith Hall 731
Phone: (304) 696-3196
Fax: (304) 696-3085
The term criminal justice refers to an area of knowledge concerned with understanding and controlling crime through the scientific administration of police, courts, and correctional agencies. Criminology is a related, yet distinct area of study focusing on the causes of criminal behavior through the use of social scientific methodology. Criminal justice and criminology are interdisciplinary fields that draw upon the knowledge bases of sociology, psychology, law, public policy and other related disciplines to develop insights into the causes and prevention of criminal behavior.
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