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  • Criminal Justice Graduate Student Wins UNLV Outstanding Thesis Award

    Congratulations to Miliaikeala Heen who received the 2015 University Outstanding Thesis Award for her project entitled Putting the Microscope on Crime Labs: The Effects of Evidence Complexity and Laboratory Type on Jurors’ Perceptions of Forensic Evidence.

  • Community Engagement

    Criminal Justice faculty and students work on many projects with community organizations.

  • Career Fair

    The Criminal Justice Department's Career Fair is held every spring. It's a great way for students to learn about career opportunities.

  • Professor Karu Hangawatte Appointed Ambassador to France for Sri Lanka

    Professor Hangawatte brings great recognition to the Department of Criminal Justice by serving as Ambassador to France for the nation of Sri Lanka.

  • Community Service Activities

    Students engage in a variety of community service activities through the Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma), the Criminal Justice Club, and in classes.


The Department of Criminal Justice provides a broad-based liberal arts education, with particular focus on crime and criminal justice. Our program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the nature and causes of crime, criminal justice processes, criminal justice organizations and agency practices, and the law and legal system. They will also be exposed to scientific and theoretical models that are used for the analysis and critique of the criminal justice system.


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