Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
The primary purpose of the CJC program is to teach and educate students. The program provides CJC majors at MSU Denver with opportunities to broaden their understanding of criminal justice systems and criminal behaviors within the information age. Knowledge and investigation in these areas contribute fully to an individual’s professional development. Included in this understanding is an awareness of the technological, societal, political, and economic implications of various approaches to different crime control policies and implementation strategies. Furthermore, the new CJC curriculum contributes to a solid educational and professional foundation for students wishing to either work in some aspect of the criminal justice system or pursue further graduate-level training, such as law school or graduate school.
The Criminal Justice and Criminology undergraduate degree provides students with a wide range of employment opportunities given its strong preparation for entry-level positions throughout government, corrections, policing, social services, Many students choose Criminal Justice and Criminology because it provides them with a wealth of knowledge as well as analytical, critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for professions in Criminal Justice as well as government, social work, counseling and law. The most common occupational categories for Criminal Justice and Criminology graduates’ include: police officers, probation officers, victim advocates, social service workers, correctional officers, and youth workers.
Since 2006, the department’s mission, to include hiring, curriculum development, and student learning objectives, is intended to support the ultimate goal of achieving national level certification. To this end, every tenure track faculty hired since 2007 has possessed a terminal degree.
Faculty-student Advising is an important aspect of the CJC program. For that reason, faculty members work closely with students in an advisory capacity to make sure that students meet the requirements for the degree. Faculty members hold regular office hours each week for the express purpose of providing one-on-one guidance in classes and to advise students in the pursuit of graduate degrees and careers in criminal justice. In addition, the department (program) has a Criminal Justice Advisory Council that meets twice each academic year to review program structure, offerings, and other information about the Department (Program).
The CJC Department actively participates in all student recruitment activities. These include but are not limited to college open houses, major fairs, career fairs, and showcases. The CJC Department is also home to Delta Gamma Xi, the Criminal Justice Honor Society.
Each year, the CJC Department is honored to present the James E Weir Endowed Memorial Scholarship – a scholarship honoring a fallen Denver Police Officer killed in the line of duty. The award is typically reserved for students who have maintained a high GPA, service to their community, and commitment to excellence in the fields of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Also, Dr. Hal Nees Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund is available for students to provide assistance to students who are passionate about criminal justice and criminology and plan to pursue a career in that field. For more information on scholarships, click here.