Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University!

Criminal justice involves the study of crime, disorder, victimization, and the criminal justice system (police, courts, and corrections). The program's major and minors are interdisciplinary and professionally-oriented. Learn more about the Department of Criminal Justice's programs and faculty.

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    1. Highlanders in the News: Week of January 15, 2024 »

      1/19/2024

      This week in Highlanders in the News: Find out which six Radford alums were chosen for spots this year on The Roanoker magazine’s “40 Under 40” list of outstanding young local professionals; and longtime lawmen Robby Richardson ’06 and Mark Embrey ’99 now wear the sheriff’s stars in their respective counties.

    2. Highlanders in the News: Week of Oct. 13, 2023 »

      10/13/2023

      This week in Highlanders in the News: Grant Anders ’18, who now works for the Baltimore Orioles as a player development analyst, shares the sheer joy of “being a part of wins in the big leagues,” and Alexandria (Virginia) Police Capt. Courtney Ballantine ’00 discusses his summer spent participating in the FBI National Academy, which included a sprint along Quantico’s famed “Yellow Brick Road.”  

    3. Highlander Highlights: Week of September 18, 2023 »

      9/22/2023

      Every two weeks, Highlander Highlights shares with readers some of the extraordinary research and accomplishments happening on and off campus through the tireless work and curiosity of our students and faculty.

    4. Highlander Highlights: Week of August 21, 2023 »

      8/25/2023

      Every two weeks, Highlander Highlights shares with readers some of the extraordinary research and accomplishments happening on and off campus through the tireless work and curiosity of our students and faculty.

    5. Criminal justice professors build on groundbreaking research to further students’ careers »

      8/25/2023

      Rachel and Roberto Santos have built a policing model from practice and research that provides police leaders around the U.S. a clear path for institutionalization of crime reduction. They’ve also established a crime analysis and criminal intelligence minor designed to help Radford students build a foundation of knowledge and skills that is already translating to careers as law enforcement crime and intelligence analysts.

    6. Highlanders in the News: Week of July 31, 2023 »

      8/4/2023

      This week in Highlanders in the News: Remembering Radford tennis phenom Martin Sayer ’09, MBA ‘10; also, Christiansburg Police Maj. Chris Ramsey, M.S. ’97, ascends to the rank of chief; and Director of Recreation and Wellness D.J. Preston talks about how first-generation students can rise to the challenges they face.

    7. Highlander Highlights: Week of May 15, 2023 »

      5/19/2023

      Every two weeks, Highlander Highlights shares with readers some of the extraordinary research happening on campus through the tireless work and curiosity of our students and faculty. This week, we have stories of students who are keeping AM radio alive, winning People’s Choice awards in cybersecurity and earning honors for work on the soccer field and in the classroom.

    8. Highlanders in the News: Week of March 20 »

      3/24/2023

      This week in Highlanders in the News: Junior Brittiany Rorrer and seniors Valerie Ray and Emily Woods win acclaim for their graphic design work; Brenell Thomas will soon have to balance her graduate work with heading up her local chamber of commerce; and Assistant Professor of Accounting Robert Warren drills down on the dollars and cents in his recent report on a very specific type of financial crime.  

    9. Highlanders in the News: Week of March 13 »

      3/17/2023

      This week in Highlanders in the News: Professor Emeritus Justin Askins, Ph.D., reflects on his youthful quest for a Walden Pond all his own; the town of Vinton, Virginia, salutes paramedic and RUC student Logan Klepal; and professors of criminal justice Rachel Santos and Roberto Santos, both Ph.D., help police to reduce domestic incidents in Danville, Virginia.