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- Cultural Initiatives
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- Alpha Pi Omega Sorority (APiO)
- Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma)
- Criminal Justice Association (CJA)
- Native Americans into Criminal Justice Association (NACJA)
The Criminal Justice Studies Program at the University of North Dakota was established in 1974 with grant support from the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice. Since its inception, this interdisciplinary program has pooled the resources of the Departments of Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, and of course Criminal Justice. The program of study leads to a specialized degree of Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies (B.S. in CJS) from the College of Arts and Sciences, and prepares the graduates for positions in criminal justice professions as well as further education in graduate criminal justice or related programs. In addition, many graduates continue their education in law schools. The program also provides opportunities for current professionals to upgrade their education and for individuals to pursue a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice.
The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is broadly subsumed within the three functions of teaching, research and service to achieve the production and dissemination of knowledge guided by the principle of a just system of social regulation and control in the advancement of societal well-being. The goals of the teaching mission are achieved primarily through direct classroom instruction supplemented by experiential learning opportunities grounded in establishing foundations for lifelong learning. The research mission addresses both basic and applied research intended to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline of Criminal Justice as well as operational issues confronting criminal justice agencies and institutions. The Department of Criminal Justice meets its service mission through participation in departmental, college, and university governance, as well as involvement in professional and community activities that contribute to the betterment of the criminal justice discipline, the community and society.
- Care about the quality of your learning experience.
- Challenge you to think both creatively and critically. Start you off in an Introductory class that is approved for Essential Studies credit and is used by the campus and in our region as a "model" for how large classes should be taught.
- Tie your Criminal Justice learning experiences together in our validated Capstone course which is also an Essential Studies "A" (Advanced Communication) course.
- Provide high quality core faculty that have all earned their Ph.D's from some of the top Criminology and Criminal Justice doctoral programs in the world.
- Provide high quality adjunct faculty that are leaders in their respective fields, such as law and law enforcement, locally.
- Provide a curriculum in accordance with the national Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) guidelines.