Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University!

Criminal justice involves the study of crime and the criminal justice system, and is an interdisciplinary and professionally-oriented academic discipline. Learn more about our programs and faculty.

Spring Fever

Radford University is launching the first-ever “Spring Fever” fundraising competition on April 17. During this week-long competition, each college on campus, plus RU Athletics, will be competing to be the first to fund a project of its choice. We are thrilled to announce that CHBS has selected the Prelaw LSAT Prep Course Fund as our project! Here is a short video that provides an overview of the competition.

Gifts to the Prelaw Fund will allow us to help qualified students pay for a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) prep course. The LSAT is a very important part of the law school application process, and an LSAT prep course can greatly improve one's score. However, these courses can be extremely expensive, and so we are excited to raise money for the Prelaw Fund.

Here’s how you can help:

  • During Spring Fever, April 17 – 21, you will see posts about the competition on this page and the CHBS social media pages. Please share to your own personal pages to encourage your family and friends to support this project, which will directly benefit our prelaw students.
  • You can also reach out to your family and friends directly with this link to encourage them to support our project: http://c-fund.us/bc4. This link includes a short video about the prelaw project, as well as a page on which you can make a donation. Early gifts are being accepted now. Not only will donations support a project that benefits students directly, but they will also help us reach our goal of becoming the "champion of Spring Fever."
  • And thanks to an anonymous alumnus, every gift to the Prelaw Fund during Spring Fever will be doubled. That means that any amount truly helps, and your gift of $5 will become $10 … $10 becomes $20 … $25 becomes $50....

Finally, here is short video that provides a student's perspective on the importance of funding these kinds of projects.

Upcoming Training

Radford University Homeland Security Conference on March 6-8, 2017 has been cancelled. Please check back for additional upcoming trainings.

Radford University's Department of Criminal justice and School of Nursing are hosting a conference on elder care. PROTECT - Providing Resources to Older Adults Through Education Assessment Coordination and Training on May 16, 2017.

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News and Events

  1. Prelaw Society hosts U.S. District Court and FISA judge  »


    The Prelaw Society at Radford University hosted James P. Jones, a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Virginia. In addition to Judge Jones’ normal docket, he currently has an appointment on the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC or FISA Court) in Washington, D.C. 

  2. Radford University professor discusses rural criminology on public radio program »


    From poachers telephoning fish to bear gallbladders on the China market, Radford University Criminal Justice Professor Egan Green discussed a range of rural criminology topics on an upcoming episode of the NPR radio program “With Good Reason.”

  3. President Hemphill, professors lead media appearances »


    Over the last week, Radford University was featured in various media outlets, inclduing WDBJ7 and Virginia Business.

  4. Eclipse coverage highlights Radford in the media »


    Eclipse coverage highlights Radford in the media

  5. Alumna showcased in media and a faculty member serves as subject matter expert »


    Radford University alumna Shawna Hession appeared in The Roanoke Times and Professor of Criminal Justice Tod Burke spoke with multiple media outlets over the past week.

  6. Solar eclipse, faculty expertise highlight media appearances »


    Solar eclipse and faculty expertise highlight media appearances over the past week.

  7. Students descend upon nation’s capital »


    Radford University students descended upon the nation’s capital to observe the intricacies of the United States government.

  8. $1 million grant, professors highlight Radford’s recent media appearances  »


    $1 million grant, professors highlight Radford’s recent media appearances.

  9. Faculty serve as subject matter experts »


    Two Radford University faculty members recently served as subject matter experts for news organizations.