Criminal Justice


The Department of Criminal Justice is chaired by Dr. Paul Kroutter, who heads a number of full-time and adjunct faculty.

Degrees Offered

We offer a Bachelor of Science, an Associate of Applied Science and a minor in criminal justice.          

Note: Beginning in fall 2015, all coursework to complete the BS in criminal justice will be available online.


Internship Program

The Academic Internship Program (CJ-397V) is for criminal justice majors with junior or senior standing. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher and consent of the department head before admission into the program. Students in the program earn credit while gaining real-world work experience in the criminal justice field through apprenticeships, cooperative education, job shadowing and other planned experiences.


Criminal Justice Club

The Criminal Justice Club is open to all UAFS students regardless of their field of study, although most members are criminal justice majors and minors. Dr. Dennis Williams and Dr. Tony Pearn are the faculty sponsors.        


Criminal Justice Symposium

The annual Criminal Justice Symposium offers students the opportunity to hear well-known keynote speakers as well as participate in serious debates. The annual Criminal Justice Symposium offers students the opportunity to hear well-known keynote speakers, network with future potential employers and graduate schools, and participate in serious debates.


Career Opportunities

The field of Criminal Justice offers a variety of rewarding and challenging career choices for graduating students. Opportunities exist in federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement, criminal investigation, private or corporate investigation, social services, and business or legal fields.




Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the B.S. in Criminal Justice, students will:

  1. Communicate effectively in a variety of formats.

  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the broad field of  Criminal Justice, and understand and apply discipline principles to  critical issues in the broad field of Criminal Justice.

  3. Demonstrate information competence and the ability to use computers and other technology for many purposes.

  4. Understand and apply basic research methods in Criminal Justice, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

  5. Employ skeptical inquiry and use the scientific approach to solve problems related to criminal behavior.

  6. Demonstrate the ethical behaviors and decision-making abilities required of Criminal Justice practitioners, and conduct themselves in a professional manner and treat others with respect. 

  7. Interpret and analyze sources of information on Criminal Justice and in other areas as well in terms of validity and trustworthiness.  

  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Criminal Justice as it relates to other disciplines, and integrate the methods and insights of various disciplines in an attempt to create more comprehensive solutions to issues of crime.


Oklahoma Highway patrol officer speaks with students at career fair.

Officers speak with student at a career fair

Officers speak with students at a career fair