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.

Exciting News!!!

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).

Pre-law information session set for October 26

Radford University students interested in going to law school may attend a pre-law information session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 26, in Hurlburt 250. The session is open to all students, regardless of major or class standing.   It will be conducted by Dr. Jack Call, Radford University pre-law advisor.

Topics to be discussed include but are not limited to:

  • admission to law school.
  • taking the LSAT.
  • the law school experience.
  • the nature of the legal profession.
  • financing a legal education.
  • the job market for lawyers.

The presentation will last about an hour and a half and will close with an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Any student interested in attending law school is strongly encouraged to attend an information session, offered once every semester, before seeking individual counseling from the Radford University pre-law advisor.

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.

Mid-Atlantic Hiring Event--Central Intelligence Agency. 

November 2015.
To meet US national security challenges, CIA employs people from different backgrounds with a variety of experiences and skill sets. Visit www.cia.gov and apply now to be considered for an invitation to attend this exclusive hiring event. PLEASE NOTE: "Mid-Atlantic Hiring Event" in the Job Objective Statement Section of your Application.

News and Events

  1. 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.

  2. Hispanic Heritage Month at Radford »


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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Criminal justice students get a practical look at law enforcement in the nation’s capital »


    Radford University criminal justice students had the chance to experience law enforcement's role in Washington, D.C. during a special Maymester field course.

  9. CHBS best and brightest are named Dean's Scholars »


    The 2014 Dean's Scholars from the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) were honored on Saturday, April 5, at a reception for the students, their professors, families and friends.

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