The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice has had a long tradition in encouraging experiential learning. Each faculty member attempts to include an experiential learning component in every class taught. Examples include field trips to jails and prisons including Florida's death row, crime laboratories, mental health facilities and police departments.
Students also have opportunities for comparative criminal justice studies by traveling abroad. Faculty have escorted students to countries such as England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Scotland. Travel abroad courses allow students to compare the enforcement of laws and the functioning of criminal justice systems that is not just found in textbooks, but in the countries themselves.
Criminology and criminal justice internships provide an exceptional opportunity for students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply this knowledge to a segment of the criminal justice field. Internships reinforce academic concepts covered in class through practical experiences and also assist students in making career choices. Additionally, criminology and criminal justice students can sample a criminal justice career before graduation through internships in all areas - law enforcement, the courts, corrections, juvenile facilities, investigations, safety and security, drug treatment, family violence, governmental or private law offices, and various other criminal justice-related agencies on all levels of government. Numerous other opportunities are available and can be tailored to each student's individual interests. Upon completion of their internships, a number of UT students have been offered jobs in the criminal justice agency in which they interned.
Students interested in internships in law enforcement should contact Sorle Diih at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in internships in courts, corrections, juvenile justice or victim services should contact Carly Hilinski-Rosick at email@example.com.
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers opportunities to both majors and non-majors to participate in student organizations outside of the classroom. The Criminology Club, which meets twice monthly during the academic year, welcomes both majors and non-majors. Guest speakers who are working criminal justice practitioners in the Tampa Bay area provide presentations on their experiences in the field. Field trips to local criminal justice agencies allow students to see first-hand the operation of the agencies of criminal justice. Students interested in joining the Criminology Club should contact the club's adviser, Andrea Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society is open to criminology and criminal justice majors or minors who have excelled in the classroom. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes excellence of undergraduate and graduate criminal justice students and is the only criminal justice honor society which is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Students accepted into the society must have completed at least three full-time semesters with a minimum of four criminology and criminal justice courses, attained a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice classes, and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Students interested in applying for the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society should contact the adviser, David Krahl at email@example.com.
Criminology and criminal justice graduates have been accepted to the best graduate and law schools in the country. Other students who choose to enter the work force have found employment in a variety of criminal justice agencies, such as United States Customs Service, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department, Bay Area Youth Services and numerous criminal justice agencies throughout the nation.
Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a Master of Science degree in which students gain the theoretical groundwork along with the research and statistical skills needed to design and evaluate effective public safety policy and practice. Courses also provide in-depth study of the structure of the criminal justice system. Current qualified undergraduates majoring in criminology and criminal justice may apply for enrollment in an integrated B.S./M.S. degree program option. Please visit the Graduate Program page on the UT website for more information or contact the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program coordinator, Chris Capsambelis at firstname.lastname@example.org