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What is Criminology and Criminal Justice?

Criminology is the study of the making of law, the breaking of law and society's response to the breaking of law. Criminal justice, on the other hand, is the study of the operation and activities of social control agencies that aim at regulating the behavior of citizens at large.

Mission Statement


The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at UTA balances theory and application in academic course work. Students explore crime causation, trends, and issues associated with the broad structure of the criminal justice system.

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Federal, state, and local agencies will be present and will provide information on job and internship opportunities to interested students. This will be a unique opportunity for students to personally interact with professionals and hiring managers from highly sought after organizations and companies. The Criminology and Criminal Justice Career Fair is free to attend and open to students from all academic disciplines. -Alpha Phi Sigma


Our department is home to nationally recognized faculty whose diverse areas of expertise allow for our students to receive a strong and well rounded academic experience.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice Honor Society

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Online Degree