Department of Criminal Justice


The Department of Criminal Justice is responsible for developing and offering baccalaureate degree programs to students who wish to pursue educational opportunities in one of the Department’s core disciplines. The programs offered by the Department are of the highest quality and prepare students not only to take up a wide array of positions in the workforce but also to pursue graduate-level education if they so wish.

In addition, the Department provides substantial general education support to programs offered by other Departments on LSUA’s campus. 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Criminal Justice Department is to:

  • Create intellectual curiosity and critical thinking in students through quality instruction 
  • Offer a comprehensive education for careers in agencies, organizations, and industries associated with the criminal justice system, and for those progressing to graduate or law schools
  • Provide a balanced perspective on the study and practices of the criminal justice system.
  • Instill the value of becoming ethical professionals and public servants
  • Allow students flexibility in electives so that they may tailor their degree in ways that are most reflective of their career and academic goals

Featured Stories

  • LSUA's Online Criminal Justice Program Named As One of the Country's Best

    by Takeyra Wagner | Oct 05, 2018
    Looking for an online Criminal Justice program? Look no further than LSUA.

    LSUA’s Criminal Justice program has been recognized by Affordable Colleges Online as offering one of the best programs in the country.

    Affordable Colleges Online ranks the LSUA program as the 35th best in the country and ahead of such schools as McNeese State, Northwestern State, and the University of Memphis.

    LSUA offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice through the one hundred percent online program or on campus. Many of our graduates work in local, state, or federal law enforcement while others attend graduate or law school.

    Click here to read more.

  • Interview with Beth Whittington, CJUS Department Chair

    by Takeyra Wagner | Aug 19, 2018

    "I began teaching because I was passionate about sharing what I had learned in the field of criminal justice with future practitioners. I wanted all to be the very best they could be."

    Beth Whittington
    Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Criminal Justice

    Click here to read more.