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CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY AT MSU DENVER

There is more to a career in Criminal Justice than what you see on TV.

Most people’s understanding of crime, unfortunately, comes from the fictional clichés seen, read and heard from various forms of media. As fascinating as your favorite crime drama may be, there are complex causes and effects of criminal behavior and victimization that even the foremost expert has trouble evaluating. These complex problems require practical solutions, and it takes an objective mind to dissect the underlying issues that would cause someone to commit crime. By studying how justice is served around the U.S. and throughout the world, the intricacies of criminal behavior will become clearer, and that’s what we hope you get out of this degree.  

You’ll examine all kinds of crime – including homicide, white-collar crime, human trafficking and cyberfraud – and how to eliminate it through law enforcement, court sessions and corrections. The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers an amalgam of courses that detail the ins and outs of the justice system and will prepare you for a demanding career. We’ll also provide you with the opportunity to study abroad in South Korea, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to compare and contrast our criminal-justice system with those in other parts of the world. 

Our graduates represent MSU Denver throughout police and sheriffs departments throughout Colorado and even at the federal level with the FBI and Secret Service. Theyve also continued their education at graduate programs throughout the country in pursuit of degrees in law. Our newest major, Cybersecurityis jointly offered by the departments of Computer Information Systems and Business AnalyticsMathematical and Computer Sciences and us to give you in-depth knowledge about the constantly evolving cybercrimes being committed throughout the world.

Combined, our faculty brings substantial teaching and professional experience to our classrooms to mold you into the expert youll need to be in your profession. We work closely with every student in an advisory role to ensure that you meet the requirements for your degree and that youre on track to your dream job. 



The CJC program is definitely one of the best. The professors are what really make this program great for many different reasons. They are experienced in different areas of the Crimi-nal Justice System so they are able to give different perspectives on the system. They make one-on-one connections with students and help students prepare for a very competitive job market. (Brittany Kimmel) “The CJC program at MSU Denver is definitely one of the best. The professors are what really make this program great for many different reasons. They are experienced in different areas of the Criminal Justice System so they are able to give different perspectives on the system. They make one-on-one connections with students and help students prepare for a very competitive job market. Their doors are always open to help the students in any way they can.”

Brittany Kimmel

CJC Alumnus


Career Prospects

Some of the possible routes where a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology might take you include:
Local police service, federal law enforcement agencies (FBI/ATF/DEA), probation/parole services, youth work, victim advocacy, social service, law schools, and graduate schools. The potential for this degree may be much more than you think!



Henry Jackson_Criminology and Criminal Justice "This degree will develop your research, analytical, and communications skills and prepare you for a position working in the complex criminal justice system as well as pursue advanced degrees in law, criminology and criminal justice."

Henry Jackson, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology


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Contact Information

Phone: 303-615-1044

Fax: 303-556-5357

Days & Hours: Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Criminal Justice
Campus Box 10 
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362

Location:
West Classroom Building (WC) 
Suite 254