Chair's Welcome

Dr. Leanne F. AlaridWelcome to the Department of Criminal Justice, one of the largest undergraduate programs at UTEP.  Our department is committed to offering high quality and innovative learning experiences, and to make your transition to UTEP as seamless as possible.  Our department has articulation agreements with community colleges across the state, or you may choose to complete your entire degree here.

At the undergraduate level, we offer an on-campus Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in Criminal Justice.  Our on-campus degree programs consist of a wide variety of face-to-face and online courses taught by enthusiastic and caring faculty who have research and practical experience.  Among our many electives, eligible on-campus majors may choose to complete an internship, research practicum, or service learning opportunities.

We also offer a 100% online B.A. degree through UTEP CONNECT that offers a more specific and focused curriculum of 7-week courses over 6 semesters during the calendar year.  The online degree allows us to serve students in the military and all over the world who have access to a reliable internet connection.

Across all of our degree programs, our department provides students with the intellectual and practical skills that they need to become successful change agents and leaders. We prepare students for positions in local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies (law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice), law school, and graduate school.

Our department is connected with the Center of Law and Human Behavior, which partners with criminal justice agencies to conduct interdisciplinary and applied research through grants and contracts.  Our nationally recognized faculty teach and conduct scholarly research on a wide range of criminology and criminal justice issues across the U.S. and on the US/Mexico border.  They are members of the American Society of Criminology and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

We welcome you to the department and look forward to supporting you as you achieve your academic and professional goals.  Feel free to browse our website pages and our Facebook page. Contact us at for any additional information.

Go Miners!

Leanne F. Alarid

Chair and Professor