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Message from Chair

Welcome to the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice! CCJ is a research unit and academic department in the College of Liberal Arts at Southern Illinois University. Our multiple missions include scholarly research, education, and professional and community service.

First, CCJ achieves national and regional distinction through excellence by producing theoretically-grounded scholarship that informs local, state, and national policy and that advances knowledge in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

Second, CCJ offers rigorous, broad-based graduate and undergraduate educational programs centered on the scientific study of crime, criminals, and society’s reaction to both, and structured to foster the development of students’ critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical, and communication abilities.

Third, CCJ provides faculty expertise and technical support to assist local, state, and national entities concerned with issues related to criminology and criminal justice.

Joseph Schafer
Chair