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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

  • Hendrix finds the right fit with Master’s in Forensic Science program
    Hendrix reflects on her time in the forensic science program, she calls attention to the close-knit community that exists between the students and the faculty.
  • Celebrating CAS Authors: 20 faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences published books in 2023
    Twenty faculty members across multiple departments in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s College of Arts and Sciences wrote or edited 23 books last year.
  • 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.