College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Criminal Justice Department

WELCOME TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AT DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY!

The Criminal Justice Program at DSU offers two unique Bachelor’s degrees; students can earn a degree in Criminal Justice with either an emphasis in Criminology or Digital Defense and Security. These Bachelor degree emphases are unique in the state, as no other Criminal Justice program in Utah offers a four year degree in this discipline with these specialized areas of training. These distinct areas of study combined with new facilities for Criminal Justice students make this program at DSU a truly unique educational experience.

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DEGREES OFFERED

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Criminal Justice BA/BS Criminology Emphasis

The Criminology emphasis prepares students to analyze criminal behavior by using established criminological theory and appropriate research methods. Areas of study in this emphasis include victimology, policing, juvenile delinquency, and crimes against humanity.
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Criminal Justice BA/BS Digital Defense & Security

The Digital Defense and Security emphasis prepares students to analyze threatening and criminal behavior in digital spaces. Areas of study in this emphasis include programming, networking, and information security. Students apply their training in a culminating internship experience in the Digital Forensic Crime Lab at DSU or a similar lab.
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Criminal Justice AS

The Criminal Justice Major is an interdisciplinary program that combines the study of criminal law, law enforcement, and criminology, providing a firm foundation for a myriad of careers. This course of study exposes students to the interconnected nature of the criminal justice system and explores criminological explanations for crime commission.
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Digital Forensics Crime Lab


The Digital Forensics Crime Lab (DFCL) conducts analyses and extraction of data on cell phones, computers, and other types of digital media and provides the information to those requesting law enforcement agencies. Students meeting specific criteria are now able to work side by side with a DFCL analyst.


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Our Mission

The Criminal Justice Program provides students with the skills to search for knowledge by means of scientific methods and research. Students learn to appreciate and understand that behavior results from complex interaction between psychological, biological, and sociological factors. Students will integrate a variety of theoretical perspectives and appreciate the power of applied criminology to foster physical, social, and communal well-being. The program inspires students to act ethically as scholars and as future participants in the field of criminal justice; to use critical thinking as students, scholars, consumers of media, and targets of influence; and to commit themselves to a lifetime pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Define the major components of the Criminal Justice system and the fundamental processes that take place therein.
  • Select primary criminological theories and outline their causal arguments.
  • Employ correct criminological theory to address criminal behavior, crime trends, or Criminal Justice policy/practice.

Contact

Lish Harris, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Email: lharris@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4423

Office: Univeristy Plaza D, 103E

Kristi Jones

Administrative Assistant

Email: Kristi.Jones@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4428

Office: University Plaza D, 103

Michele Tisdale

Advisor

Email: mtisdale@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4424

Office: University Plaza D, 103A