The Criminology and Justice Studies Department houses the BA in Criminology and Justice Studies. This program promotes the theoretical, analytical, and practical understanding of crime, victimization, and the criminal justice system from a social scientific perspective. The program provides a foundation for the study of criminology and criminal justice based in critical thinking and application, theory and research methodology, understanding diversity and global perspectives, writing, and fundamentals of law and ethical practice. The department emphasizes the intersections between the academic and professional which provides students a meaningful learning environment for application to criminal justice careers. Partnerships between the department and both the University community and the community at large provide the fertile ground for these intersections.