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

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  1. Highlanders in the News: Week of Nov. 1 »

    11/5/2021

    Highlighting notable mentions of Radford University faculty and students from local, regional, national and international news outlets. 

  2. Radford University recognizes local law enforcement with Excellence in Policing Award  »

    11/16/2020

    Chief Scott C. Booth of the Danville Police Department is the Radford University Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research’s 2020 Excellence in Policing award recipient. The annual award is given to a current sworn police officer, supervisor, commander or executive who is a leader in his or her agency and has been a champion for implementing innovative strategies that bring about change and improve policing. 

  3. Radford University names Nicole Hendrix, Ph.D. as Executive Director of General Education »

    4/8/2020

    Radford University has named Professor of Criminal Justice Nicole Hendrix, Ph.D. as Executive Director of General Education effective May 1, 2020. In this capacity, she will lead the general education efforts, oversee its ongoing integration into undergraduate degree programs at Radford University and serve as a member of the Academic Affairs Leadership Team.

  4. Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research receives additional grant »

    12/16/2019

    The Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research is continuing its strong tradition of impactful, community-oriented engagement and support by receiving a U.S. Department of Justice Community-Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) grant.

  5. Veteran, first-generation student set to graduate »

    12/11/2019

    The page is being turned to a new chapter as Juan Martinez ’19, a student veteran from Bath, Michigan, is graduating this December and set to join the Blacksburg Police Department in January 2020.

  6. Cybersecurity vs. cybercrime: Hear a Radford University faculty member discuss the difference »

    12/6/2019

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice ‘Shawn Smith will talk about his newly released textbook, “Cybercrime and Digital Deviance,” on the With Good Reason public radio program.

  7. Regional partnership fuels Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research »

    12/6/2019

    The Center for Police, Practice, Policy and Research officially opened at Radford University in early 2019. Under the guidance of co-directors, Rachel Santos, Ph.D., and Roberto Santos, Ph.D., the Center received another grant.

  8. Criminal justice launches future-focused course on cybercrime »

    11/15/2019

    With the introduction of a new course on cybercrime, the Department of Criminal Justice is preparing students for modern applications in an ever-changing world.

  9. CHBS alumni awards honor impactful Highlanders »

    10/30/2019

    Two impactful College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences alumni were honored for their achievements in a special ceremony on October 25, 2019 as part of Homecoming Weekend celebrations.