The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to develop and disseminate knowledge about crime, criminal justice, deviance, and social organization through research, teaching, and service to the community. Grounded in the social sciences, and governed by the College of Arts and Sciences of The University of Alabama, the Department encourages open-mindedness and the pursuit of excellence, and pursues in its programs both demographic and curricular diversity.

At the master’s level, the Department’s mission is the development of research skills and the expansion of conceptual and practical knowledge critical to fulfillment of leadership roles in criminal justice or in the social services.  Master’s degree students planning to proceed to Ph.D. programs can expect from the Department thorough training in the theories, methodologies, and empirical findings that promote understanding of deviance, crime, criminal justice, and social organization.

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