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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Welcome to the website for School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a nationally recognized leader in criminological research and education.

Criminology is the scientific study of the causes of crime and the societal responses to crime. 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 Consortium for Crime and 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.

The School offers a Bachelor of Science degree that provides undergraduate students an excellent foundation regarding theories of crime and the criminal justice response to crime. Students are also introduced to methods for criminological research. Graduates of our program frequently obtain jobs in criminal justice and social service agencies, or pursue advanced degrees in Criminology, Law, or related fields. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses of the University of Nebraska system. Students can also take a number of courses towards the Bachelor’s degree online through our Distance Education program.

For graduate students, the School offers a terminal Master of Science degree designed to meet the needs of professional practitioners and a Master of Arts degree designed to emphasize research activity and scientific inquiry. The School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. The doctoral program is designed to train the next generation of criminologists to develop and conduct basic and applied research regarding the causes of crime and societal responses to crime. Successful graduates often obtain faculty positions at universities or research positions in criminal justice and social service agencies. The Masters of Science, Masters of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are all offered on the Omaha campus. The Masters of Science degree is also offered online through our Distance Education program.

With over 600 undergraduate students, approximately 50 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. We hope you enjoy your visit to our website.     

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Updated 3/26/2014 by Melanie Kiper