Educating Leaders for Just and Humane World

Seattle University’s Criminal Justice department offers study in leading-edge interdisciplinary social sciences involving the study of crime and the societal responses to crime. Our department offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and continuing education programs that apply theory and research to inform initiatives, policies and practice with a laser focus on ethics, diversity and leadership.

All of our programs provide you with conceptual and empirical knowledge to enhance your study of Criminal Justice, while also offering valuable hands-on experience through opportunities for applied field learning such as police ride-alongs, prison tours courtroom observations and academic/criminal justice collaborative research opportunities. With our campus located in the heart of Seattle, we help foster these professional relationships for students throughout all the local halls of justice.

Our Degrees

The graduate and undergraduate curricula include criminal justice and criminology, organizational theory and criminal justice ethics, and research methods and statistics with focused coursework in a particular specialization area.

Ours is the only program west of the Rockies certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Connecting you with the best

Our Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, with more than 100 members, includes key professionals from more than 50 agencies in local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies. All members make important contributions to our Department through assisting with program development, internships and collaborative research and service initiatives, preparing for employment trends, and determining the best ways to serve your needs as student.

Leadership And Justice In Practice

Among Your Faculty

William Parkin, PhD

Assistant Professor: research specialization in ideological violence, domestic terrorism and extremism, homicide victimization, media social construction of criminal justice issues, and mixed methods research.

Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD Faculty
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

Professor: research specialization in criminal behavior, psychopathy, copycat crime, corrections and offender reentry, forensic psychology, and community/restorative justice.

 

Criminal Justice adjunct professor Mac Pevey
Mac Pevey, MA

Adjunct Faculty: teaching courses in corrections and offender reentry. A Seattle U graduate, he received his MA from Washington State University. He is currently an Assistant Secretary with the Washington Department of Corrections.

Elaine Gunnison, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice: research specialization in criminology, female offending, life-course criminology, persistence and desistance in offending, and corrections and offender reentry.

Crime and Justice Research Center

Recognizing that crime and its prevention, response, and reparation are community concerns, we bring together researchers, academics, law enforcement personnel, judges, psychologists, sociologists, and others involved in the study of crime and the administration of justice. We also conduct public events, engage in service initiatives, and serve as a referral resource for individuals affected by crime.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

  • Ranked in top 5%

    Ranked in top 5%

    FOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE

  • Ranked in top 15%

    Ranked in top 15%

    FOR HIGHEST PAID CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRADUATES

  • College Factual 2018

Journal of Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society

 

Coeditors-in-Chief
Elaine Gunnison, PhD
Jacqueline Helfgott, PhD

Contact Us

  • Matt Hickman, PhD

    Chair
    Email
    206.296.2484

  • Jonathan Bechtol

    Administrative Assistant
    Email
    206.296.6339

  • Haily Perkins, MACJ

    Graduate Program Coordinator
    Email
    206.296.2139

News & Events

Graduate Program

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