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The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at UMKC is made up of productive scholars, dedicated teachers, and committed staff who are engaged in and support discovery and innovative service in the community, and are committed to student learning in the field of Criminal Justice & Criminology. Our learning community focuses on the growth and development of all of its members, while promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and meeting the needs of the greater Kansas City community and beyond.

Mission Statement

The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department offers students the opportunity to analyze and interpret systems of social control that are applied through the criminal justice system and throughout society. The major develops skills in critical thinking, communication, and conducting and evaluating research to promote evidence-based decision-making. Inclusive learning environments require students to become knowledgeable and culturally competent individuals. As such the major emphasizes community engagement and service to prepare students for the jobs and leadership opportunities that will allow them to engage with the broader community and for their role as future change agents.

Become a Student

Criminal Justice & Criminology attracts inquisitive students who endeavor to understand and analyze complex questions about justice in our society.

Career Expo

Each year in mid-October, the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology holds a Career Expo on campus. We invite criminal justice and related agencies to meet informally with students about internships, volunteer opportunities, and careers. Typically, we have 30-40 agencies represented, and over 200 students attend. At the Expo, a professional in the field of criminal justice delivers a brief keynote address. Please contact Dr. Kristi Holsinger (holsingerk@umkc.edu) for more details.

CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

Faculty Awards are as follows:

Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

Staff Award is as follows:

Outstanding Staff Member

(awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice. In order to become a member, students must meet certain academic qualifications. Students must also pay a one-time initiation fee to national headquarters, as well as chapter dues each semester. Students involved in the Mu Mu chapter enjoy many benefits after joining including a membership certificate, lapel pin, and wallet card, recognition at our annual CJC awards ceremony, and active graduating members are eligible for the honor stole, medallion, and cord to wear at graduation.

Students may apply to join the honor society during a designated timeframe each semester. Application materials and deadlines will be provided at the beginning of each semester. For more information about the requirements to join Alpha Phi Sigma, please see the national headquarters’ website or contact our chapter faculty advisor, Dr. Jena Owens at owensjen@umkc.edu.

Three CJC studentsCriminal Justice & Criminology Club

The department is also proud to house the Criminal Justice & Criminology Club, a student-led organization that is open to all students interested in criminal justice topics; students do not have to be a Criminal Justice & Criminology major and no dues are required. Club activities include service projects in the community, sponsorship of community speakers on campus, tours of various criminal justice agencies and institutions, participation in criminal justice events, and learning about internships and research opportunities. The club is also involved in social activities such as movie nights. The club meets once every month (excluding summer months) in the Criminal Justice & Criminology office. For more information about the CJC Club, as well as meeting dates and times, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Jena Owens at owensjen@umkc.edu.

 

Contact Us

If you have questions about our programs or want to know more about studying Criminal Justice
and Criminology at UMKC, get in touch with us.

Campus Location

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is located in Cherry Hall,
directly south of the Cherry Street Parking Garage

Office Hours

Main Office
Cherry Hall, Room 434
Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Contact Information

Ph: 816-235-2751
Fx: 816-235-5193
UMKCCJC@UMKC.EDU

Mailing Address

University of Missouri-Kansas City
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
434 Cherry Hall, Room 434
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Degree Programs

The CJC department offers two degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Masters of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

We also offer a minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Faculty/Staff Directory

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Student Academy with the FBI

The UMKC Student Academy is a partnership between UMKC and the Kansas City Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that offers unique seminars exclusively to UMKC students. The Academy is modeled after the Bureau’s Citizens Academy, and UMKC is among a select universities in the United States to offer these learning opportunities.

The UMKC Student Academy was established in 2016, and consists of eight seminars offered throughout the academic year by FBI personnel. Students attending 6 or more seminars receive a certificate of completion from the FBI. Topics include civil rights, international terrorism, voting fraud, active shooter and hostage negotiation, cybercrimes, and white collar/corporate crimes and public corruption. All seminars are held in the UMKC Student Union from 5:30pm to 6:45pm; see below for specific rooms for each seminar.

Dates for 2018-2019 seminars:

Fall Semester

September 11, 2018 – Domestic Terrorism – Student Union 401C

October 2, 2018 – Gangs and Violent Crime – Student Union 401C

October 23, 2018 – Technology, Cyber Crimes and Forensics – Student Union 401C

November 27, 2018 –   Prosecuting Federal Crimes – Student Union Theater 103

 

Spring Semester

February 5, 2019 – Criminal Intelligence – Student Union 401D

March 5, 2019 – Gangs & Violent Crimes – Student Union 401D

April 2, 2019  – Explosives and Ordinance Recovery – Student Union 401D

April 30, 2019 – Training, Recruitment and Professional Development – Student Union Theater 103

 

For more information contact Dr. Ken Novak.

Graduate Program

Our MS in CJC graduate program is unique in its simultaneous emphasis on rigorous, science-based education and applied, policy- and practice-oriented knowledge. Our graduate classrooms serve many students who are current or aspiring criminal justice professionals alongside students who approach the discipline from a purely academic standpoint. This heterogeneous student population is a strength of our program, as it requires us to provide a rigorous, theory- and research-based curriculum unified by a common goal: improving the criminal justice system and the experiences of people impacted by it. Our practitioner students bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom, further strengthening the connections that all students can—and should—make between academic Criminology and Criminal Justice and its practice.

Program Goals

  1. To produce educated, critical thinkers in issues related to crime who have strong communication skills.
  2. To produce practitioners and scholars who are knowledgeable regarding jobs and careers in the field of criminal justice and who are prepared to interact effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  3. To produce socially active and engaged consumers of knowledge who are able to interpret and respond to information in meaningful ways.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to design a research study using quantitative or qualitative methodology.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative data.
  3. Students will possess an understanding of the prevailing explanations (micro and macro) for criminal behavior.
  4. Students will possess a in-depth, broad, and critical understanding of the criminal justice system.
  5. Students will be able to utilize the extant literature base to increase broad understanding of the Criminal Justice & Criminology.
  6. Students will have developed strong writing skills, critical analysis, and analytical thought.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Graduate Student Guidebook

MS-CJC Student Guidebook

Commonly Used Forms

Program of study

Undergraduate course authorization

Application for graduation

Appointment of committee

Internships

The department is committed to the notion that CJC majors’ most valuable learning experiences often occur when there are opportunities to apply classroom learning in field settings. Each semester there are opportunities for students to work with community agencies or organizations under the supervision of agency professionals and CJC faculty. To participate in a CJC internship, a student must be a CJC junior or senior in good standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and successful completion of CJC 101.

All internships are approved at the discretion of the Internship Coordinator, Ms. Rita D. Pearce (pearceri@umkc.edu). Students may receive up to 3 hours of credit for an internship. Internships are not required for graduation and are unpaid unless otherwise approved. Students are advised to contact the Internship Coordinator five to ten weeks prior to the desired starting date of the internship.  The Coordinator will assist the student in setting up their internship. Students are responsible for scheduling a minimum of 95 field hours and attending 4 in-class sessions, journaling, completing three online tests, and writing an 8-10 page paper. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the site, complete paperwork, criminal record checks (when required), and training (when required). All hours spent in these activities will be logged as field hours. Students accepted into the program will enroll in CJC 491. Students should understand that as interns they serve as ambassadors of the CJC program and UMKC. All interns must maintain the highest level of professionalism during the internship.

Meet Our Students

Criminal Justice and Criminology students at UMKC come together from all over the country. Get to know our students and you’ll know what our programs are all about.

Toya Like and student Madeline

Associate Professor Toya Like, left, and Madeline Warren enjoy their ongoing mentoring relationship and friendship.

I admire Dr. Like’s passion for research. When she speaks about her research, her excitement and momentum are contagious. She is thoughtful and takes others into consideration when she is delivering information.”

Read more about this Dynamic Duo.


Klassie Alcine: Putting political experience to work

Klassie Alcine, smiling while holding Kasey Roo

Klassie Alcine received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Criminology from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and her Master of Public Administration from the Henry W. Bloch School of Management in 2011. She is currently the Director of Community Engagement at Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

Why did you choose UMKC?

During high school, I visited 10 colleges, both in-state and out-of-state. I was looking for a college with small class sizes and world-class professors. I wanted to have a full-circle experience in education, culture, diversity and internship opportunities.

Were you the first person in your family to attend college?

No, however, I am a second-generation Haitian-American, and I am so honored to be an Afro-Latina. UMKC welcomes diversity and provides a fantastic multicultural office to help students feel accepted and supported. UMKC is here to help you through your life journey. Whatever fear you have – know that you are good enough.

How did UMKC help you reach your current position?

UMKC taught me how to learn and use all of the “tools in my toolbox.” Every class taught me know to understand complex issues, create partnerships, think critically and interact productively.


Sociology and CJC's Rakeem Golden laughing in the student unionRakeem wants to be a voice for other individuals and help organizations and people work to take the step from education to implementation.

“I got a scholarship and was comfortable here. It’s a nice environment on campus. Upperclassmen help out younger classmen.”

Read more of Rakeem’s story

 


Shannon Berry poses for a photoShannon Berry was drawn to UMKC because of the campus’s unique feel and all the activities and volunteer opportunities for students.

“My program at UMKC has inspired me to get more involved with people from the community and make a positive impact on their life.”

Read more of Shannon’s story

 

Mock Trial

Some of the most valuable student learning opportunities come from experiences. Finding ways to expand learning into active application and opportunities to hone real world skills is critical to preparedness for life after graduation. The program consists of two components: the mock trial team and the mock trial course.  Students choose to participate in both or either independently.

Mock Trial Team

The mock trial team gives students the opportunity to use trial advocacy skills to try cases. Each year universities from across the country compete as part of a national organization called the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Teams work to enhance their trial advocacy skills and travel across the country, representing UMKC and competing for a national title.

Trial Advocacy Course

Students learn about each aspect of the trial process. Students will follow a criminal case from arraignment to appeal, learning about the rules and structures that apply at each stage.  Students will gain experience reading and briefing decisions from the United States Supreme Court.  Then after learning about the process, students will have the opportunity to try a criminal case.

Participation Requirements

To participate in either the mock trial team or the mock trial course a student need only be an enrolled undergraduate student and in good standing at UMKC. Students at all stages of their undergraduate career are welcome.  Contact Ms. Jen Varon (JVARON@shb.com) for more details.

News

    2017 Winter Commencement Challenges Graduates to Better the World

    UMKC students at graduationApproximately 1,000 University of Missouri-Kansas City graduates, friends and families filled Swinney Auditorium to celebrate the culmination of years of late nights and hard work as graduates claimed their diplomas. The university held three ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16 and presented two honorary doctorate degrees.

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    365 students named to College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List for Spring 2018 Semester

    A total of 365 students in UMKC’s College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2018 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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    Addressing the Cost of Higher Education: Open Educational Resources reduce costs for students, enhance learning

    Male student wearing UMKC shirt with laptopThe cost of higher education is an issue, and one the University of Missouri-Kansas City is addressing.

    As part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, UMKC has had one of the lowest rates of tuition increase in the U.S. during the past decade. And despite this year’s tuition increase of 1 percent, efforts to keep the overall cost of education are continuing, and are working.

    For example, in June 2017, the University of Missouri-Kansas City joined UM System in the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) program to save students money on textbooks and other course materials.

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    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor’s Play Shows Life During Wartime

    Based On Nazi Love Letters, A UMKC Professor's Play Shows Life During WartimeDid Nazis fall in love?

    Of course they did, though it may be hard to associate the idea of that emotion with a society that committed human atrocities. But as the Third Reich was rising, individuals in Germany fell in love with each other just like people all over the world fall in love every day.

    Kansas Citians have a chance to hear what that felt like when actors stage a script-in-hand reading on Sunday, June 4, 2017, thanks to a trove of letters between two wartime lovers.

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    CAS Alumnus and Kauffman School Founder/CEO to receive UMKC Bill French Alumni Service Award

    Hannah Lofthus poses for a headshotHannah Lofthus, who received Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from UMKC in 2007, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the UMKC Bill French Alumni Award. Each year, the UMKC Alumni Association recognizes individual alumni and one family with top honors.

    UMKC will honor Lofthus and other outstanding alumni at the 2018 Alumni Awards event on Friday, June 15. The reception is one of UMKC's largest events, with proceeds going to support student scholarships. In the last decade, the Alumni Awards event has garnered more than $1 million in scholarships and immediate aid for students.

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    CAS Associate Dean Publishes Book About the Wartime Deeds of Henry Bloch

    Once upon a time, America’s Tax Man was America’s airman.

    Henry Bloch, founder of H&R Block, enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after the Pearl Harbor attack and was trained as a navigator for bomber missions. He flew 32 missions over Europe as a navigator on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His first mission was the third-ever raid over Berlin by the Allies.

    Bloch’s wartime experiences, and the impact those experiences had on shaping his postwar business career, is the topic of a new book from BkMk Press at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    CAS presents inaugural Royall Professorships

    Normal Royall Distinguished Professor AwardThe UMKC College of Arts and Sciences presented the inaugural Norman Royall Professorships to four faculty members during the College’s 2017 Fall Reception and Awards Ceremony. The Royall Professorship is the highest honor bestowed by the College.

    “As the highest recognition in the College, the Royall Professorship will reward faculty committed to research and/or teaching excellence, creativity and interdisciplinarity,” said Dean Wayne Vaught during the presentation.

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    CAS Professors Receive 2016 UMKC Online Awards

    UMKC Online AwardsTwo UMKC College of Arts and Sciences professors recently received 2016 UMKC Online Awards for their online teaching.

    Dr. Kymberly Bennett, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Undergraduate Psychology Program, was honored with the 2016 Accessible Course Content Award for the course Psychology 312 – Social Psychology. This award recognizes the individual who supports and promotes accessibility through the incorporation of accessible design/universal design standards into the online course.

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    Denmark doesn’t treat its prisoners like prisoners...

    Prisoners prepare their own meals, wear their own clothes and leave each day. It's led to lower recidivism.

    The most interesting thing about Scandinavian prisons? Many are barely prisons at all.

    Our research team spent six weeks conducting intensive research in Danish prisons. We were struck by the sight of prisoners wearing their own clothes, cooking their own meals and having private family visits as often as once a week. At these “open” prisons, there are no barbed wire fences, solid walls with gun towers or secure perimeters.

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    Ms. Annie Derrell (UMKC iPhD candidate) becomes Fellow in the SREB's Doctoral Scholars Program

    Congratulations to iPhD candidate Annie Derrell for being selected as a fellow in the Doctoral Scholars Program (DSP). According to the sponsoring Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), “the goal of the DSP is to increase the number of minority students who earn doctorates and choose to become faculty at colleges and universities.”

    Since its founding in 1993, the DSP has supported over a 1000 scholars at numerous institutes across the country. It offers direct services for doctoral students such as academic, personal, and motivational support, career counseling, networking, job recruitment, and continued advocacy into their early careers as faculty members. Derrell will be a part of the inaugural cohort of scholars from the University of Missouri System.

    One of the most exciting aspects of DSP is the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, an annual meeting which serves as the largest gathering of minority Ph.D. scholars in the country. The Institute provides workshops as well as recruitment and networking opportunities to give new scholars the tools to successfully complete their doctorates and enter into a faculty career in higher education.

    Annie Derrell NewsDerrell is “extremely honored and very excited for this opportunity to meet and collaborate with other minority scholars.”

    The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is a nonprofit organization that works to improve education and provide policymakers with reliable data to make sound educational policy decisions. There website is: www.sreb.org.

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    Economics' Dr. Eaton represents UMKC in the Federal Reserve Research Center

    Three universities, Kauffman Foundation gain access to secure Census data

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City is joining with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, two other universities and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to establish a new research data center (RDC) that will provide area researchers with access to some of the nation’s highest-quality data for analysis of the U.S. economy and public policy issues.  Read more.

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    Dr. Linda Mitchell Interviewed by Washington Post on Introduction of Queen to Medieval Times

    Medieval Times, a dinner theater experience loosely based on the 11th century Spanish court, featured a female ruler for the first time this year. Since its debut in the United States in 1983, the show, which includes a banquet, jousting, swordfights, and stunts on horseback, has been presided over by a king. This year, however, Doña Maria Isabella reigned.

    Professor of History Linda Mitchell, who also serves as affiliate faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and as President of the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, weighed in on this change in a recent Washington Post article. Check out her comments on women in the medieval world and the historical accuracy of Medieval Times here.

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    Dr. Miguel Carranza awarded NACCS Scholar 2015

    Dr. Miguel Carranza, Latina/o Studies director and professor of sociology awarded the 2015 NACCS Scholar.

    2015 NACCS cover and program.

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    Driven to Make a Difference in the Lives of Others

    Kathryn WebsterKathryn Webster (B.A. ’75, M.A. ’79) to be honored with the College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Achievement Award. Webster is a life-long heart disease survivor. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease at the age of four, underwent open heart surgery as a teenager and had her second open heart surgery 11 years ago. It was after her second surgery that she learned about WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

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    Dynamic Duos: Lyne and Webb

    Dynamic Duos

    Reaching for Lofty Goals

    Meet Mona Lyne and Parker Webb

    Mona Lyne, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, joined the UMKC faculty in 2008 and has received multiple awards for her writing. She specializes in comparative politics and international relations, and speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. She is a member of the American Political Science Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Midwestern Political Science Association.

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    Dr. Rebecca Egli (UMKC History BA '08) receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Linda Hall Library

    Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca (Mowry) Egli on receiving a post-doctoral Residential Fellowship at Linda Hall Library. During her two-month stay, she will conduct research for her current project, "Seeds of Misfortune: Food, Crop Diversity, and the Simplification of American Nature," a history of America’s plant explorers that examines the impact of plant introduction and breeding on agricultural biodiversity and innovation.

    Rebecca Egli FullRebecca grew up in Kansas City and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from UMKC's History Department in 2008. She earned a Master of Arts degree in history from King’s College London in 2010 and a doctorate in history from the University of California, Davis in 2018.

    Exploring intersections between agriculture, science, and the environment, her dissertation, "The World of Our Dreams: Agricultural Explorers and the Promise of American Science," looks at federal scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, exploring developments in plant biology and the ecological consequences of importing non-native plants into the United States.

    We are so proud to have Dr. Egli conducting research again in Kansas City!

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    Dr. Sandra Enriquez lands Two Grants from the Texas State Historical Society

    The History Department is proud to announce that Dr. Sandra Enriquez, who is also the Director of the Public History Emphasis, has been awarded two competitive fellowships from the Texas State Historical Association.

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    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous ...

    Erik K. Olsen's "Unproductive Activity and Endogenous Technological Change in a Marxian Model of Economic Reproduction and Growth” receives the Review of Radical Political Economics best paper award.

    Abstract: This paper integrates unproductive activity into a Marxist growth model based on Marx’s reproduction schemes. Labor extraction and technological change are related to the production and distribution of surplus and thus are endogenous.

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    4th Floor Cherry Hall (CJC and Philosophy)

    photo by: University CommunicationsFourth Floor Cherry Hall Now Open For Business

    Honors College, Criminal Justice, Philosophy Host Grand Opening of New Space

    UMKC faculty, staff and students filed into Cherry Hall Nov. 2 and headed toward the fourth floor, not sure what to expect.

    Upon arrival, they found a beautifully renovated, wide-open new space that had been vacant for nearly seven years. The top floor of the former dormitory, constructed in 1955, is now home to the Honors College, the Department of Philosophy and the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

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    UMKC History iPhD K. David Hanzlick publishes book with U. MO Press

    Congratulations to K. David Hanzlick, alumnus of the History iPhD program, on the publication of his book, Benevolence, Moral Reform, Equality: Women’s Activism in Kansas City, 1870-1940, with the University of Missouri Press.

    Hanzlick BookHanzlick traces the rise and evolution of women’s activism in a rapidly growing, Midwestern border city, one deeply scarred by the Civil War and struggling to determine its meaning. Over the course of 70 years, women in Kansas City emerged from the domestic sphere by forming and working in female-led organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and ultimately claim space for themselves as full participants in the American polity. Focusing on the social construction of gender, class, and race, and the influence of political philosophy in shaping responses to poverty, Hanzlick also considers the ways in which city politics shaped the interactions of local activist women with national women’s groups and male-led organizations.

    K. David Hanzlick is Director of Program and Development for Sheffield Place, a treatment and transitional living program for homeless mothers and children. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Nonprofit Leadership Program at Rockhurst University and the Hauptmann School of Public Affairs at Park University.

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    History Department Wins Chancellor's Community Engagement Award

    The Department of History has been named the 2019 recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement in recognition of its efforts to make engagement with the community a central aspect of its approach to student learning and scholarship. In his award letter, Chancellor Agrawal commended the department for "exemplifying the very best of UMKC's values."

    The department has worked to establish relationships with cultural institutions and communities locally, regionally, and internationally and to produce and share historical knowledge. The department's community outreach initiatives include, but are not limited to, partnering with local institutions on public programming for a variety of audiences; helping to disseminate the history of African American, German, Latinx, and LGBTQ communities among many others both in Kansas City and Missouri and more broadly; and generating new historical research about the region through public symposia and edited volumes.

    History Department students and faculty will be honored at the Leaders in Learning Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. More information about the department's work is available on its public engagement and community partners pages.

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    Inscribing Yourself into a Nazi Future: Love Letters in the Third Reich

    Detlef Schmiechen-Ackermann, Marlis Buchholz, Bianca Roitsch, Karl H. Schneider, Christiane Schröder, Hrsg. Der Ort der “Volksgemeinschaft” in der deutschen Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöning, 2018. https://www.schoeningh.de/katalog/titel/978-3-506-78648-7.htmlSince 2011, Andrew Stuart Bergerson, Professor of History & Public Humanities, has been one of the lead researchers for a project called Trug&Schein. It uses the correspondence of an ordinary German couple, Hilde Laube and Roland Nordhoff, to facilitate public engagement with everyday life over the course of the Second World War.

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    Kansas City Philanthropist and Children's Health Advocate Receives Honorary Doctorate, Gives Commencement Address

    David Westbrook gives the commencement address during Spring 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Commencement CeremoniesUnhindered by juvenile glaucoma that took his sight at age 17, David Westbrook (B.A. ’71) has proven that vision has nothing to do with one’s ability to see. He founded Corporate Communications Group, a communications and public relations firm he sold before taking his talent and dedication to longtime client Children’s Mercy.

    Westbrook attributes his lifetime of success to his parents and to the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His alma mater awarded him with an honorary doctorate at the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences commencement ceremony, and he gave the address to the graduating class at Swinney Recreation Center on campus.

    “This is not a defining moment, this is a moment of celebration,” said Westbrook, who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and psychology from UMKC. “Defining moments are with your professors and your friends.”

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    KC anti-violence campaign aims to plug hole by looking at parolees

    KC-NoVA image by Allison Long

    The Kansas City No Violence Alliance recently started meeting with inmates about to go on parole in an effort to help them get what they need in order to keep them away from crime while also delivering them a warning. KC NoVa rounded up people deemed by police as being key to violent crime in the area in January 2013. File photo by ALLISON LONG The Kansas City Star . The conversations go like this:

    An inmate nearing the end of his or her prison sentence is called to a meeting. A Kansas City police detective, a parole officer and an advocate for the inmate pull up chairs.

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    Leaders in Learning: a celebration of faculty achievement

    University of Missouri-Kansas City faculty who received endowed professorships, promotions, tenure and other awards of distinction were recognized in 2017 with the Leaders in Learning celebration, an evening of dinner and jazz at Pierson Auditorium.

    A video tribute included praise for UMKC faculty from students as well as Kansas City Mayor Sly James.

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    LGBTQ-Themed Student Exhibit Receives National Council on Public History Award

    In 1966, the NACHO planning meeting was held in the State Hotel, visible on the left in this view near 12th and Wyandotte. Courtesy: Missouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri.A University of Missouri-Kansas City student-produced LGBTQ-themed exhibit, currently being displayed at the UMKC Miller Nichols Library, has received a Student Project Award from the National Council on Public History. The exhibit can be viewed on the third floor of UMKC Miller Nichols Library through April 8, and is available online.

    The Student Project Award is given to an outstanding public history student venture initiated as academic coursework and implemented and recognized beyond the classroom for its contribution to the field of public history. “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” was submitted by UMKC students Taylor C. Bye, Kathryn B. Carpenter, Samantha Hollingsworth, Leah Palmer (now an alumna), Kevin Ploth and Jennifer Tufts.

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    Light in the Darkness: Q&A with Shannon Barry

    Shannon Barry, who is double-majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice and Criminology, wants to help Kansas City youth.

    Get to know our students, and you’ll know what UMKC is all about.

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    Lundgren named Associate Dean of the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences

    Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D.The UMKC College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Lundgren, Ph.D., as the new Associate Dean, effective September 1, 2017.

    Dr. Lundgren is taking over the Associate Dean position previously held by Michael Kruger, Ph.D., who has accepted a new position as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Dakota.

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    Mentors Researching Mentorship

    Mentor Jennifer Lundgren and mentee Frances BozsikDynamic duo in psychology deeply understands the benefits

    With a student-to-faculty ratio resembling a small private college, UMKC makes mentorship a central part of the student experience. Though more than 16,000 students are enrolled, the 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio is unusually small for such a large university.

    The result: UMKC has many mentorship success stories.

    Meet Jennifer Lundgren, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor in the Department of Psychology; and Frances Bozsik, who is working to complete a Clinical Health Psychology PhD in 2020.

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    Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    The New York Times' John Eligon interviews CJC's Ken Novak.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

    The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said.

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    Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did

    Professor's Forstater, Kelton and Wray are among the Nine People Who Saw the Greek Crisis Coming Years Before Everyone Else Did.

    Although the problems in Greece didn't begin making big headlines until 2009, a number of economists, politicians and professors spotted cracks in the European currency union as early as the 1990s. Meanwhile, it's interesting to note that the country had a tough time making it into the single currency in the first place.

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    Drs. Matt Osborn & Makini King interviewed on Fox4 & KCTV5 in Blackface Debate

    Blackface refers to the cultural practice of covering the face of a white (or black) performer to create a caricature of a black person. Although usually associated with nineteenth-century minstrel shows, blackface can still be found today both in theatrical performances and sometimes also in Halloween costumes.

    The debate about the racist implications of blackface continues today. In national news, the NBC "Today" host Megyn Kelly's show was cancelled following her on-air remarks expressing acceptance of blackface. In local news, a registered nurse at St. Luke's was fired after she posted pictures of herself and a friend on facebook in blackface.

    UMKC Professor Matthew W. Osborn and UMKC Diversity Director Makini King were interviewed on 30 October 2018 for local television about the history, politics, and ethics of blackface. Their comments aired at 5 PM on KCTV5 and Fox4.

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    Over 360 students named to CAS Dean’s List for Fall 2017

    CAS Dean's List Fall 2017A total of 369 students in the UMKC College of Arts and Sciences were named to the Dean’s List for the Fall 2017 semester. The CAS Dean’s List recognizes excellent academic performance among full-time undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.85 or higher for the term.

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    Philosophy Professor Awarded Faculty Fellowship from Colby College

    Adrian Switzer_Philosophy ProfessorAdrian Switzer, Ph.D., associate teaching professor in the UMKC Department of Philosophy, has received a one-year Faculty Fellowship in Modern Philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The fellowship is a teaching and research position.

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    Police are crunching data to stop murders before they happen

    Kansas City’s smart policing push users computers to find likely criminals and their associates. Civil rights groups say that tactic raises serious privacy questions.

    Kansas City had a murder problem. For the past decade it’s violent crime rate had made it one of the top ten dangerous cities in America.

    Read the full Fortune article.

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    Political Science Professor Featured in Short Documentary

    Eric Hurst recently interviewed UMKC Political Science Professor Dr. Max Skidmore for "It's Too Late," a short documentary exploring the the Electoral College including its origin, how it is intended to function and how one 2016 Elector now views his role.

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    Radical economic ideas grab attention...

    An advocate for radical Modern Monetary Theory is an adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders Photo: Bloomberg

    Our economic guardians at Federal Treasury and the Reserve Bank sound increasingly uneasy about some policy choices being made offshore.

    Since the global financial crisis, quantitative easing has pumped trillions of dollars into major economies with limited success. More recently central banks in Europe and Japan have opted for negative interest rates in a bid to kick-start growth.

    On Tuesday the Treasury Secretary, John Fraser, pointed out that we've now been in an "experimental stage" with monetary policy for more than seven years...

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    Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist

    UMKC’s Stephanie Kelton is named chief Democratic economist on the Senate Budget Committee

    Stephanie Kelton has been an economics professor at UMKC since 1999. She is a self-described “deficit owl” who supported larger budget deficits to counteract the recent recession. Each party has its own chief economist on the budget panel, which among other things oversees the Congressional Budget Office.

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    The Most Interested Man in Kansas City

    Bill AshworthScience, art, technology, history, space. Bill Ashworth wants to know about everything.

    If  you’re curious, there are many things that Bill Ashworth wants you to know.

    But here’s the main thing: Learning is fun.

    That optimistic aphorism is more than a casual one to Ashworth and his devoted admirers, who delight in the local educator’s indefatigable interest in not only his chosen academic field—the history of science—but anything else that might tickle his circuitously inquisitive mind.

    Ashworth is a longtime associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and consultant on rare books for the privately-funded Linda Hall Library, an independent research library of science, engineering and technology across the street from the UMKC campus.

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    The New Yorker's "The Case Against Cash Bail"

    Photo by: Spencer Platt / Getty
    It’s obvious that jail isn’t good for the jailed. It may be particularly bad for people accused of minor crimes, who are confined not because they are likely to be dangerous but because, under our cash-bail system, they can’t afford to get out. Think of the appalling case of Kalief Browder, the Bronx teenager who was profiled by my colleague Jennifer Gonnerman, in 2014. He was charged with stealing a backpack and spent three years at Rikers Island awaiting trial. Two years after the trial was dismissed and he was released, Browder killed himself.

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    Thin is In? Think Again: UMKC doctoral student’s research is gaining international attention

    Frances Bozsik, a UMKC doctoral psychology student, researched the perception of the ideal female figure, which is gaining worldwide coverage. Photo by Brandon Parigo, Strategic Marketing and CommunicationsA UMKC doctoral student's research on what constitutes the ideal female figure is earning media coverage around the globe.

    “It’s really exciting,” said Frances Bozsik, who is on track to complete a Clinical Health Psychology Ph.D. in 2020. “The study reflects the trend people are noticing that fitness and nutrition – vs. thinness – is the ideal.”

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    UMKC/UMSL offer first Transnational Student Research Course with U. of Hamburg in FS18

    During the nineteenth century, large numbers of German migrants settled in the state of Missouri. In this three-credit online course in public history (HIST 400B/5500B), students from the universities of Missouri in Kansas City and St. Louis will collaborate with German peers from the University of Hamburg in researching and writing short interpretive essays on the everyday lives of German migrants before, during, and after their migration.

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    History Professor quoted in the New York Times

    Prof. Diane Mutti-Burke, Chair of the History Department, was quoted in an article in the New York Times on 6. August 2018 entitled "On a Civil Rights Trail" because of her research into the history of slavery in Missouri.

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    Two CAS Alumni Receive Fulbright Awards

    Fulbright US Student Program logoTwo College of Arts and Sciences alumni have been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to continue their research and scholarship. Sydney Harvey, who received her Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and Film from UMKC in 2016, will study in the United Kingdom; and Marc Reyes, who received his Master of Arts in History from UMKC in 2014, will study in India.

    Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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    UMKC Anthropology Professor’s Research Wins International Award

    Anthropology professor Shannon Jackson poses for a studio portraitShannon Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor of Anthropology, has received an International Award for Excellence for Volume 13 of The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society.

    Jackson’s article, “Cyber-infrastructure and the Right to the City,” was selected for the award from among the highest-ranked articles emerging from the peer-review process and according to the selection criteria outlined in the peer-review guidelines.

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    UMKC-FBI Student Academy Classes

    FBI AcademyUMKC students are learning about the FBI through a unique program called the UMKC Student Academy.

    Students of all majors can attend the non-credit professional development academy at no charge. It consists of eight seminars led by FBI personnel. Students are encouraged to participate in as many sessions as possible and may pick and choose which sessions to attend. Those who attend six or more sessions will receive a certificate of participation from the FBI.

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    UMKC History Professor Reconstructs the History of Surgery before Anesthesia

    The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88Lynda Payne publishes new book about "the best surgeon" in 18th century England.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s History Department is proud to announce the publication Professor Lynda Payne's new book, The Best Surgeon in England: Percivall Pott, 1713-88, about the influential English surgeon Percivall Pott, whose practice of surgery was praised for being methodical, skilled and measured.

    Payne, a specialist in the history of science and medicine, challenges the belief that the practice of surgery prior to the invention of general anesthesia was “a realm of screaming patients and larger than life eccentric medical men whose primary aims were to operate as fast as possible.” The goal of her new book is to humanize and historicize medical practices by looking at the biography of this landmark teacher and practitioner.

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    UMKC Humanities Consortium Receives Grant for Performance of Letters from Nazi Germany

    Group seeks to spark community conversations with special project and performance

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Humanities Consortium – a discipline in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program – is the recipient of a 2017 Missouri Humanities Grant totaling $2,500.

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    UMKC professor among handful of economist to predict Eurozone fiscal downturn

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not something Dr. Randall Wray wanted to be right about.

    "When you have your own currency, you have sovereign power," said Wray, a professor at the University of Missouri Kansas City.

    But when it came to predicting Europe's financial downturn, the economics professor was spot on.

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    UMKC to Present Honorary Doctorates to Outstanding Kansas City-Based Authors

    Dean Wayne Vaught speaks to a faculty member at UMKC commencement in 2016Celebrated Kansas City-based non-fiction authors David Von Drehle and Candice Millard will be honored with honorary doctorates at mid-year commencement ceremonies Dec. 16 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    Unified front is needed to steer area youths from violent crimes

    Kansas City police have identified almost 200 young people who are connected to groups associated with crimes such as shootings, armed assaults, robberies and weapons trafficking. About half of the teenagers are 16 and younger, and a few are as young as 13.

    Young suspects have been charged in two of the Kansas City region’s most violent and high-profile crimes so far this year.

    The four men accused of killing Shawnee gun shop owner Jon Bieker Jan. 9 in a robbery gone bad range in age from 18 to 20.

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    Using Research to Reduce Violent Crime

    Direct involvement by UMKC faculty aids No-Violence Alliance

    An ongoing law enforcement effort to rethink strategies to reduce violent crime in the Kansas City area has its own secret weapon: UMKC.

    The University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences, is intimately involved in the Kansas City No Violence Alliance (NoVA). NoVA is a 2-year-old multi-agency effort to reduce gun-related violence.

    Chancellor Leo E. Morton serves on NoVA’s governing board, and UMKC faculty members and graduate students are embedded in NoVA’s effort to implement a crime-prevention approach known as “focused deterrence,” which helps police look beyond individual criminals to the criminals’ entire social networks.

    Read the UMKC Today article.

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    VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

    Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

    The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

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    Who Has the Candidate’s Ear?

    What does a presidential candidate’s choice of advisers tell us about the candidate?

    A deep bench of experienced advisers is essential for any president — to provide policy guidance, a sounding board, intellectual ballast and, eventually, help in translating ideas into action. But the people selected say much about the candidates themselves — their intellectual rigor, their willingness to entertain fresh views, the value they place on experience.

    Hillary Clinton’s roster is a who’s who of the astute and ambitious accumulated by both Clintons in four decades in Democratic politics. It includes Alan Blinder, former Fed vice chairman, and John Podesta, campaign chairman and a top adviser in the Clinton and Obama administrations.

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    Zippia ranks CAS's Economics Department as #1

    cas_newsZippia ranks CAS's Economics Department as #1 in their "These are the 10 best Colleges for Economics Majors in Missouri" article.

    You know there are a ton of great reasons to major in economics -- the job prospects, the intellectual challenge, and the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest thinkers of all time.

    But what program in Missouri offers the most to would be economics majors?

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Student Opportunities

The department of Criminal Justice and Criminology has many opportunities for students to get involved beyond the classroom.  Click on the links to the left to learn more!

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department offers students the opportunity to analyze and interpret systems of social control that are applied through the criminal justice system and throughout society. The major develops skills in critical thinking, communication, and conducting and evaluating research to promote evidence-based decision-making. Inclusive learning environments require students to become knowledgeable and culturally competent individuals. As such the major emphasizes community engagement and service to prepare students for the jobs and leadership opportunities that will allow them to engage with the broader community and for their role as future change agents.

The B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a total of 36 credit hours in addition to the general education requirements for a degree in The College of Arts and Sciences.

Program Goals

  1. To produce educated, critical thinkers in issues related to crime who have strong communication skills.
  2. To produce practitioners and scholars who are knowledgeable regarding jobs and careers in the field of criminal justice and who are prepared to interact effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  3. To produce socially active and engaged consumers of knowledge who are able to interpret and respond to information in meaningful ways.

CJC student at Graduation with Distinction LuncheonStudent Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to integrate, critique, synthesize, and apply content from the diverse CJC classes offered.
  2. Students will have strong oral and written communication skills on issues related to crime (based on opportunities for improvement over the CJC curriculum).
  3. Students will have an adequate understanding of the skills needed to succeed in this field.
  4. Students will possess an understanding of the various job and career paths resulting from their CJC undergraduate degree.
  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to link theory, research and policy.
  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to engage with and address existing social problems.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

For information about advising, please contact umkccjc@umkc.edu.

Minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Students majoring in other disciplines have the opportunity to minor in Criminal Justice and Criminology. A minor in CJC is a great way to complement an existing major with broad knowledge of the criminal justice system and the causes and correlates of crime. Specific requirements and tools for planning a minor can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research, or research externships, are an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty member and get hands-on experience applying research methods and ethics to create new knowledge. Participating in a research project will help students learn to think creatively, develop problem-solving skills, enhance professional communication skills, and explore potential careers.

Currently, our department offers a research externship in human trafficking which will give students opportunities to assist with several local initiatives in the anti-human trafficking effort. Students will engage in various sectors of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate human trafficking. This involves, understanding what is needed to prevent human trafficking, specialized training to identify victims, coordinating resources to assist in rescue/recovery operations and trauma informed personnel to facilitate transition to holistic restorative services. Students will assist with local research, learn how to collect data, process data, produce reports, help create geographic mapping of resource availability as well as service needs and gaps. In some cases, students will have the opportunity to shadow and observe projects and initiatives in partnership with local anti-human trafficking agencies. To the greatest extent possible, different projects will be assigned to different students based on area of interest.

Why CJC?

Why Criminal Justice & Criminology?

Criminal Justice & Criminology (CJC) attracts inquisitive students who endeavor to understand and analyze complex questions in society. For example,

  • Why do some people commit crimes, whereas others do not?
  • Why do some neighborhoods and communities experience crime and disorder at a higher rate than others?
  • How do actors in the criminal justice system (e.g. police officers, prosecutors, judges, defense attorneys, probation officers, corrections staff) impact crime?
  • What strategies to reduce crime work? Which do not? Why?
  • How can society impact crime and victimization in effective, efficient, and equitable ways?

CJC is an interdisciplinary study of crime and deviance, borrowing heavily from sociology, psychology, economics, political science and law.

CJC students find employment in many fields within the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections) as well as advocacy, counseling, victim services, and community organizing. Many occupations are in the government sector – local, county, state and federal – as well as the private and non-profit. A degree in CJC prepares students to continue their education in graduate school and law school.

Why UMKC?

Students who study CJC at UMKC receive high-quality education opportunities both on campus and online. The Department of CJC has developed a robust internship program where students can work in the community in a variety of different governmental and non-profit agencies. At UMKC the CJC faculty members are accomplished teachers and nationally recognized researchers with a long history of working collaboratively with regional criminal justice agencies, where they are able to bring the latest developments in evidence-based practice from the field and into the classroom.

Our major courses are small in size, giving students personal attention and mentoring. Students obtain hands-on experience working side-by-side with faculty members to study criminal justice and criminology in the Kansas City area.

At Home in Kansas City

UMKC’s location in Kansas City makes it an ideal place for CJC students. Ongoing relationships between faculty and local agencies provide students with access to employment opportunities upon graduation. UMKC is ideally located in a large, affordable Midwestern city with access to entertainment, the arts, culture and recreational opportunities. Students can easily walk from campus to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Country Club Plaza, and Loose Park.

The Department of CJC is located in Cherry Hall at the heart of UMKC’s campus, adjacent to Swinney Recreation Center, the Student Union, on-campus housing, and retail.