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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

  • Two Criminal Justice students win awards
    Ter’Ricka Brundidge and Curdajah Bonner took home awards, beating out dozens of other entries.
  • UAB professor selected as Education Ambassador of Higher Education by world’s leading global affairs think tank
    Lim will shape CFR Education’s educational products and share best practices for teaching global issues while fostering global civics advocacy among her students.
  • 9 faculty elevated to Distinguished, University professorships
    The UA System Board of Trustees awarded the rank of Distinguished Professor to Ravi Bhatia, Heith Copes, Craig Elmets, Denise A. Gainey, Jeffrey D. Kerby, Farah D. Lubin, Jean-François Pittet and Martin E. Young and the rank of University Professor to Peter S. Hendricks during its meetings in April and June 2023.