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Welcome to the J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Department of Criminal Justice!

We offer undergraduate programs in Criminal Justice and Digital Forensics, and graduate programs in Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, and Cyber Security. We also offer a graduate-level joint degree program in Criminal Justice/Master of Public Administration in partnership with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration. Finally, we are home to the university’s Pre-Law Program, jointly sponsored with the Department of Political Science and Public Administration and the Department of Philosophy.

The department is affiliated with UAB's Institute for Human Rights and the UAB Computer Forensics Lab.

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Latest News

  • Brundidge reflects on her experience in master’s in criminal justice program
    Ter'Ricka Brundidge, a first year graduate student in the Master of Science in Crimnal Justice program, is recipient of the "Distinguished New Criminologist" award presented by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.
  • UAB Mock Trial Team wins Spirit of AMTA Award, looks to next year’s tournament
    The UAB Mock Trial team received the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Spirit Award. The distinction recognizes the professionalism displayed by the team during a regional competition.
  • UAB researchers launch ‘20 Targets for Takedown’ to curb cyber crypto scams and opioid sales
    A partnership between interdisciplinary scientists at UAB will help take down websites involved in illicit drug sales and financial scams.