Founded in 1877 in Las Vegas, N.M., then moved to Colorado in 1884, Regis University is Colorado’s only Jesuit university, and one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Its curriculum and programs reflect the university’s mission and philosophy of Catholic and American values, centered on creating and teaching innovative programs that produce leaders who will be dedicated to education and to community service. The school’s motto reflects that commitment: “Men and Women in Service of Others."
Unlike most universities and colleges that offer programs in criminal justice, Regis University emphasizes an approach that focuses on criminology, and the course curriculum shows the difference between “criminology” and “criminal justice” is greater than semantics. Criminal justice programs tend to build on what was learned at a police academy and thus develop advanced learning of police tactics and procedures, corrections, and related legal methods and processes.
Criminology, however, is an interdisciplinary approach to the behavior and social structures that identify and predict criminal behaviors among specific populations. It is an advanced critical analysis in the societal, political and cultural factors that can cause or contribute to criminal activity. Regis University’s criminology programs emphasize the leadership, ethics, knowledge, psychopathology, evaluation, policy and decision-making needed among individuals in the field.
Regis University emphasizes that its criminology programs give students the academic preparation they need for careers and advancement with instruction and research on criminology, homeland security and cyber crime. The curricula in these fields are contemporary and fluid to meet the demands of society and law enforcement and the people who work within those areas.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminology degree emphasizes human behavior, cultural dynamics, communication, ethics and leadership as they apply to careers in law enforcement, public safety, homeland security, regulatory agencies, and crime analysis. Faculty members are drawn from present or past careers in law enforcement and related fields. Coursework includes forensic science, profiling, ethics, psychology, homeland security, terrorism, cyber crime, homicide, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
The university’s Master of Science degree in Criminology is a cross-disciplinary course of study in behavior, forensics, economics, security, and social justice. The program is designed to graduate individuals who will be able to meet the challenges of the future in criminology through skills in leadership, ethics, crime prevention, policy development, and research in specific areas of interest within the context of each course.
Competence for key decision-making, and marketability of the course of study are also a part of the relevance of the program. Coursework includes contemporary issues, leadership, strategic planning and implementation, decision-making, cyber criminology, crime prediction and prevention, psychopathology, ethics and trans-national crime.
Certificate programs are offered in Criminology with coursework in psychopathology, trans-national crime, leadership, ethics and contemporary issues; and in Homeland Security, with coursework in criminology, terrorism, legal and ethical issues, and security and vulnerability studies.
All degree programs for the undergraduate and graduate degrees in Criminology are offered in an online format. Tuition is about $400 per credit hour for undergraduate and certificate programs, and $500 per credit hour for graduate level degrees. Student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Regis University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission, and is a member of the North Central Association.
Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at email@example.com.