Criminal Justice classes at the Alpharetta Center

The department now offers a full set of undergraduate degree offerings at the Alpharetta Center. Follow this link to the one stop resource guide for all things Alpharetta:

Ph.D. candidate, Erin Marsh (pictured below) was awarded the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being from The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation at the University of Chicago.







Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Thank you for visiting the website of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University! 
Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty members are scholars who are committed to providing the best possible education to our students while at the same time advancing our discipline by performing groundbreaking research and engaging in significant service activities.  We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees to students interested in criminal justice.  Currently, more than 560 students are enrolled in our degree programs.  While rigorous by design, students report widespread satisfaction with our coursework.

While teaching students to critically analyze and better understand issues related to crime and criminal justice in the classroom, faculty members conduct research which has consistently resulted in widespread acclaim.  Several studies in recent years have placed the department’s research productivity among the top criminal justice programs in the nation.  In addition to housing cutting edge initiatives such as the Crime & Violence Prevention Policy Initiative, faculty members participate in partnerships with various institutes and agencies including Georgia State University’s Partnership for Urban Health Research, Georgia State University’s Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University’s Women's Studies Institute, and the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole.  Two well-regarded scholarly journals, Criminal Justice Review and International Criminal Justice Review, have been published in our department ever since the journals were created.  Faculty members’ on-going research projects continue to shape our understanding of crime and criminal justice.

Beyond advancing knowledge, faculty members serve their disciplines and the community in various ways.  From serving on local, regional, state, and national advisory boards to providing expertise to regional, national, and international associations, our faculty members have demonstrated commitment to using their knowledge and skills to advance scientific and societal interests.

Perhaps most importantly, our graduates report great success in finding their chosen careers. To help in this endeavor, the Criminal Justice Student Association hosts a career fair every spring and several other events each semester.  As well, the department’s internship program assures that undergraduates will have the opportunity to integrate academic coursework with real world experiences.  At the graduate level, students are given the opportunity to work closely with scholars dedicated to expanding students’ horizons.  Collectively, more than 3,000 alumni have graduated from our department.  Turning well-qualified majors into well-qualified alumni is at the heart of our mission.

Please browse through the pages of our website and feel free to contact me if our department can be of service to you in any way.

Dean Dabney, PhD
Associate Professor and Interim Chair


Dean Dabney, Associate Professor & Interim Chair

The Dept. of Criminal Justice & Criminology congratulates Dr. Mary Finn on becoming a University 2014 Sparks Award winner!
Mary Finn
Dr. Mary Finn