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Department of Criminal Justice


The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to offer high quality education to those seeking employment with local and national criminal justice agencies. Given the comprehensive orientation of the University, our educational focus is to prepare students to be fully informed participants at all levels of the justice field. In order to provide the highest quality education, faculty actively participate in scholarship. Faculty also provide service to justice entities, the community, and the profession.

The Department of Criminal Justice at Boise State University is one of ten departments in the College of Social Sciences & Public Affairs. We have approximately 800 undergraduate majors in our Associate’s, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Another 35 students comprise our Master of Arts program, Idaho’s premier program in Criminal Justice.

We offer courses at our main campus located in the heart of downtown Boise, as well as a variety of classes at our campuses in Twin Falls and at Gowen Field. In addition to offering courses during the day, we offer convenient evening and weekend formats for many of our courses.

With Boise State’s AfterWork program, you can earn your Criminal Justice undergraduate degree entirely in the evenings, on weekends, and on the Internet!

Jeremy Ball, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Criminal Justice

Announcing the Victim Services Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Victim Services is offered solely through eCampus and is designed to provide a foundation in research and theory in substantive areas of victimization and victim services and focused scholarship on issues of importance to the field. All courses are required and to be taken sequentially. Courses are offered in 8 week blocks with the goal of one year for certificate completion. Read the Press Release.

College News

  • Jan 26 2015

    Mark Plew

    Mark Plew Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Department of Anthropology College of Social Sciences and

  • Jan 22 2015

    Julie Lane

    Julie Lane Assistant Professor Department of Communication Julie Lane presented a paper at the American

  • Jan 15 2015

    Pengyu Zhu

    Pengyu Zhu Assistant Professor Department of Public Policy and Administration College of Social Sciences and

  • Jan 14 2015

    Ed McLuskie

    Ed McLuskie, Department of Communication, has been appointed guest professor at the University of Augsburg,

  • Jan 13 2015

    Boise State Earns Carnegie Classification for Engaging with Treasure Valley Community

    From the re-design of a camp for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer, to programs that