ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
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Our School

Our school is a nationally recognized leader in higher education and is highly regarded for its distinguished faculty and research productivity.

We are one of the highest rated programs at Arizona State University and conveniently located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus in the sixth largest city in the U.S. Our proximity to major criminal justice agencies enhances the opportunities for instruction, practice and student internship experience. Read about our growth in the 2005-2010 Five Year Report.

Mission:  We strive to produce world-class criminological research and to maintain high-quality academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students by creating intellectual fusion through interdisciplinary approaches to major social issues; being socially embedded in our community to maximize our local impact as well as our national stature; and contributing to societal transformations in ways that facilitate greater well-being and enhance public safety.


Fall 2013


  • Director: Cassia Spohn, PhD
  • Tenured and tenure track faculty: 23
  • Visiting faculty: 1
  • Full-time lecturers: 4
  • Faculty associates: 27
  • Online faculty: 4

Enrollment Fall 2013

  • 2,488 total student population
  • 1,471 undergraduate students
  • 597 undergraduate students (online)
  • 363 graduate students (online)
  • 21 graduate students
  • 36 PhD students

Degree Programs Fall 2013

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice Online

  • Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice (In Person and Online)
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Online

  • Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research Areas

  • Community and Institutional Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Effects of Race/Ethnicity and Gender on Sentencing Decisions
  • Fraud Victimization, Gender & Crime
  • Gangs, Community Policing, and Drug Use
  • Immigration, Crime and Social Justice
  • Juvenile Court Processes
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration
  • Sentencing Policies
  • Sociology of Punishment
  • Theories of Disorder, Neighborhoods and Crime

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