UMKC Catalog


Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Description
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers programs of study leading to the following degrees:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology
A program minor is available in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The mission of the department is to extend knowledge about the nature of crime and criminal justice. This mission includes continuing participation by faculty in significant criminological research; other scholarly endeavors; and inviting students to join in that activity by:

  • Learning the core materials of the discipline.
  • Acquiring research skills.
  • Assisting in faculty research.
  • Becoming involved in student activities that supplement coursework and research.
Within the context of a liberal arts education, the program offers an interdisciplinary approach to study the criminal justice system. The program is designed to develop the intellectual skills required to function effectively as a field practitioner and to provide the knowledge base for careers as planners, administrators and researchers. The course offerings emphasize issues and problems relevant to policy considerations in criminal justice.