Students and faculty at commencement in Worthen Arena

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology faculty and staff are leaders in their field. The faculty members are well-educated, noted scholars in the field, and have real-world work experience in the field of criminal justice.

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Our History


Ball State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology was one of the first programs in the United States to be accredited by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

In 1977, the sociology, social work, and criminal justice programs, which had been a single combined department, had each grown significantly enough that they warranted the development of their own respective departments. Thus, the Department of Criminal Justice and Corrections was formed. The department was later named The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Since that time, the department has grown both in size and capabilities. Now ranking as one of the largest criminal justice programs in the United States, the Ball State University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers the following programs:

In Memoriam

Our program would not be what it is today if it weren't for the dedication and passion of our former Chairperson, Dr. Michael P. Brown. Dr. Brown was the Chairperson of the department for five years until he passed in 2021. After earning his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University in 1992, Dr. Brown joined the Ball State Criminal Justice and Criminology Department in 1993 and was a faculty member with the department for 28 years. Under his outstanding leadership and commitment to the Ball State community, the department flourished. He had a tremendous impact on the students he instructed, his colleagues within the department, and the University and Muncie community. He will be sorely missed as a colleague, professor, and friend, and forever honored as a pivotal figure in the history of our department.

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