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Mission Statement

It is the mission of the criminology department to provide criminological education, research and service to students, practitioners, policymakers and the community through an intellectually challenging environment that promotes collegiality and an educational experience relevant to crime and criminological theory that is meant to engage intellectual inquiry within domestic and international perspectives.

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Purposes/Goals

The purposes and goals of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice can be found in the 2016–2017 University of Tampa Catalog. 

  1. Familiarize students with the basic concepts related to criminology and criminal justice including the history of the field of criminology and the three components of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the courts and corrections.
  2. Prepare students to engage in the collection of scholarly research in the field of criminology and criminal justice and the application of basic research methods including research design, data analysis and the interpretation of findings.
  3. Offer students the opportunity to engage in service and experiential learning opportunities through internships in local criminal justice agencies and other service learning activities.
  4. Provide students with an understanding of the nature and extent of crime occurring in the United States.
  5. Assist students in gaining a recognition and understanding of an international perspective of the problem of crime.
  6. Provide students with a comprehensive background related to the theories of criminal behavior that are recognized by academicians in the field of criminology.