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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Department of Criminal Justice to host author, alumnus on Oct. 28 »

    10/22/2019

    The Department of Criminal Justice, housed within Radford University’s College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, will host a varied panel of professionals to provide insight into the first ‘no body’ homicide conviction in Virginia. It will include those directly involved with the investigation, prosecution and defense and will take place on October 28, 2019 beginning at 6 p.m. in Preston Hall’s Bondurant Auditorium.

  9. Former lawyer for CIA and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence visits Radford »

    10/14/2019

    The Fall 2019 Prelaw Society event at Radford University is known for bringing in top-notch speakers, and by bringing in Donald W. Martin Jr., J.D., the tradition continued on September 17.