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.

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Presentation by Gil Harrington of Help Save the Next Girl, Monday, February 15, 4 pm, Bonnie Auditorium

Radford University is honored to host “Help Save the Next Girl:  History and Discussion," an evening with Gil Harrington who organized a national non-profit organization formed in honor of Morgan Dana Harrington, a 20-year-old Virginia Tech student who was abducted and murdered in 2009. Help Save the Next Girl seeks to sensitize young women and girls to predatory danger through collaboration with media and law enforcement as well as presence on campuses and in clubs and violence prevention forums across the country.  View the Help Save the Next Girl website.

Presentation by Polygraph Examiner Don Krapohl, Tuesday, March 22, 6:00pm, Bonnie Auditorium  

In this presentation, you’ll learn about how investigative polygraphs work, and will have the opportunity to watch a live demonstration.  Presenter Don Krapohl was a polygraph examiner for over 30 years, many of which were spent working for the federal government; was President of the American Polygraph Association; and is author of the book, Fundamentals of Polygraph Practice.

Criminal Justice Graduate Degree will be available online beginning Fall 2016.

The Department of Criminal Justice will be offering Master of Arts and Master of Sciences degrees in Criminal Justice in a completely online format beginning next fall.  Admission and completion criteria for the degrees will remain the same as the existing M.A. and M.S. and will be taught by the same faculty, but will allow students to complete their degree without attending class on campus.  The new option is geared toward working professionals wishing to obtain a graduate degree part time while continuing to work.  Students who complete two classes during fall, spring, and summer semesters will earn their degree in two years.

Find the press release here.

For further information about graduate programs, contact Dr. Lori Elis, the Criminal Justice Department's Graduate Coordinator (lelis@radford.edu, 540-831-6775).

Study Abroad Program for Maymester 2016

The Department of Criminal Justice will be sponsoring a Criminal Justice study abroad program to Ireland during Maymester 2016.  This promises to be an exciting program!  The following courses will be offered as part of the study abroad program:  CRJU-490, Forensic Art (co-taught by Dr. Abdul-Ra'uf in Criminal Justice and Dr. Salam in Art); CRJU-365, Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice; CRJU-430, International Criminal Justice; and/or CRJU-498, Independent Study.  

For further information, please contact Dr. Abdul-Ra’uf in the Criminal Justice Department (bbabdulr@radford.edu) or Dr. Salam in the Art Department (hsalam@radford.edu).  Information about studying abroad can be found on the criminal justice study abroad page.

News and Events

  1. Help Save the Next Girl founders to visit Radford University »


    Since 2010, Help Save the Next Girl (HSTNG) has grown from its grassroots into a national organization dedicated to combating sexual assault and abductions.

  2. Criminal justice goes online at Radford »


    For students pursuing a graduate criminal justice degree, a Radford University education will be more accessible thanks to a new online program.

  3. Death row exonoree spins real-life crime and horror story »


    A real “dead man walking” told a horror story to a standing-room-only audience in the Hurlburt Student Center Auditorium Nov. 3.

  4. Hispanic Heritage Month at Radford »


    Join the campus community and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a slate of commemorative events.

  5. Spanish Film Festival a highlight of Hispanic Heritage Month »


    Students, faculty and organizations around campus are preparing for this year's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

  6. Professor emeritus shines light on capital punishment at home and abroad »


    For Mary Atwell, professor emeritus of criminal justice, capital punishment in the legal system has long been a research focus.

  7. Criminal justice students try their hand at "CSI" »


    Radford University criminal justice students once again had the chance to show their skills as crime scene investigators at this spring's mock crime scene event.

  8. Arson truck to visit campus to give criminal justice majors hands-on training »


    Radford University seniors in the criminal justice seminar "Arson Investigation" will be searching for those clues when the Virginia Department of Fire Programs' mobile burn trailer visits campus on Nov. 18.

  9. National artist and advocate to speak at Radford University about domestic violence »


    Zuleika Gonzalez, artist and national speaker and advocate for domestic violence survivors, will bring her message of strength and survival to Radford University this October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Academic Programs