In 1924, influential criminologist (and Nebraska native) Edwin Sutherland defined “Criminology” as the body of knowledge concerning crime as a social phenomenon, including within its scope the process of making laws, breaking laws, and reacting to the breaking of laws. In the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, we develop and transfer knowledge regarding these processes.
Our highly regarded faculty and graduate students are actively involved in research that impacts our understanding of crime and the criminal justice system. The School also houses the Nebraska Center for Justice Research and the Juvenile Justice Institute. Research conducted in the School is frequently published in academic journals, presented at national and regional conferences, and provided to community stakeholders to inform best practices and evidence-based policies.
- A Bachelor of Science on both the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska system. Students can also take courses towards the Bachelor’s degree online through our Distance Education program.
- A terminal Master of Science degree designed to meet the needs of the professional community and a Master of Arts degree designed to emphasize research activity and scientific inquiry. Students can also pursue a Graduate Certificate in Managing Adult and Juvenile Populations or a joint Master of Science/Master of Social Work degree. The Masters of Science degree is also offered fully online through our Distance Education program.
- A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
With over 800 undergraduate students, approximately 150 masters’ students, 30 doctoral students, over 20 full-time faculty, and 25 part-time faculty spread across the two largest campuses in the University of Nebraska system and the two largest cities in Nebraska, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a vibrant academic community that is engaged in activities designed to impact the field of Criminology and the criminal justice community.
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