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Criminology and Justice

Just like on TV, a criminology and justice career requires not only cutting-edge technology, but also research skills combined with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the criminal justice system.

Start with a Criminology and Justice degree and join the more than 1,000 students who have graduated from Loyola with this degree since 1960. Loyola offers discounts to members of local law enforcement agencies seeking bachelor's degrees. You can also minor in forensic science or criminal justice.

We also offer a online Master of Criminology and Justice degree. Find out more about our programs.

Faculty Success

Dr. Denney published his textbook (alongside co-author Dr. Allen Copenhaver) Media & Crime: Contemporary Issues with Kendall Hunt publishing.

This book offers an in-depth discussion of contemporary crime and media issues. Specifically, this book is the first of its kind to examine crime and media issues from a modern and approachable standpoint. Moreover, this book heavily focuses on how various forms of media interact with the three components of the criminal justice system (e.g., law enforcement, courts, and corrections). Topics in this book include:


·      Crime Construction and Real-World Effects

·      Crime Perceptions and Fear of Crime

·      Dramatization

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Student Success

Master of Criminal Justice student wins first place at LSU-S Student Scholars' Forum

Jordan Pedalino, a master of criminal justice student, recently won first place for her presentation of a paper at the LSU-S Student Scholars Forum. The multidisciplinary forum was held Friday, February 17, 2017, and included 24 undergraduate and graduate student presentations and 35 student posters profiling scholarly work across academic disciplines. Nine universities participated in the event.

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Focus on your Future

MCJ Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2016

Prof. Serpas speaks in D.C.

The new group, Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration, marks an unprecedented partnership among the nation’s top law enforcement leaders to push reforms to reduce incarceration.