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. 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.

  2. Solar eclipse, faculty expertise highlight media appearances »


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

  3. Students descend upon nation’s capital »


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

  4. $1 million grant, professors highlight Radford’s recent media appearances  »


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

  5. Faculty serve as subject matter experts »


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

  6. Collaboration is the name of the game »


    The Emergency Operations Center located in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is changing how Radford University students learn.

  7. CHBS, COBE collaborate on mock trial »


    Two Radford University faculty used information from a well-known case from nearly 40 years ago to build an innovative mock trial course this semester for criminal justice and business students.

  8. Arson investigation exercise lights up Radford »


    Criminal justice students at Radford took part in a unique arson investigation exercise, in which students entered the aftermath of a raging fire donning ample safety gear.

  9. Ceremony honors outstanding achievement by CHBS students »


    Family, friends and faculty celebrated 12 outstanding seniors at the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Dean’s Scholaraward ceremony on April 8.