Preparing the Next Generation of Criminal Justice Professionals

Created in 1972, the Department of Criminal Justice at UALR is the flagship criminal justice program in the state. We offer a wide array of educational opportunities to meet all academic levels, including associate, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees. Our programs prepare students for work in law enforcement, corrections, and juvenile justice, as well as high level research positions and advanced scholarship.

The department houses three centers dedicated to specific types of research and service. The Center for the Study of Environmental Criminology (neighborhoods and crime) works closely with the University District to better understand crime and quality of life issues in Little Rock, as well as the study of crime and the environment in general. The Juvenile Justice Center takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of juvenile delinquency and related risk or protective factors. The Senior Justice Center is actively engaged in understanding crime against the elderly, with particular attention to health care fraud.