About Us

Justice Studies Annual Report 2021–2022 [pdf]

Mission and Values


Through community engagement, research, and global awareness about criminal and social justice, our faculty, staff, and alumni contribute to more just and healthier institutions, communities, and societies.


The Department of Justice Studies embraces an interdisciplinary approach to engage students in critical analysis of justice systems in practice, policy, and research. We equip students to be leaders, professionals, and agents of change in justice-related institutions and in diverse local and global communities.


Our foremost desire is to foster just societies. We value intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning, honesty, fairness, and ethical consideration of our actions. We embrace diversity, inclusion, civility, and sustainable practices as foundations for strong communities. We commit ourselves to promoting global understanding and respect for cultural differences. We honor our relationships with students, colleagues, alumni, and community partners who work with us to achieve our mission.


Transforming justice and empowering healthier communities since 1930.


  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Science
  • Legal Studies
  • Human Rights