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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.
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. Emphasis is placed on historic and current literature in the criminal justice field and attempts are made to improve the critical thinking and writing skills of students. In the context of a well rounded liberal arts education, faculty prepare students for professional careers or entry into law and graduate education.