Chair’s Message

Our professors work closely with you to ensure that you leave TCU with a thorough understanding of past and current criminal justice practices, and the ability to both understand and shape where the field is headed.

Our professors are active researchers who serve on advisory boards for local agencies and professional journals, regularly offer commentary for local news outlets, and work with community agencies on various research projects.

We often invite outside criminal justice professionals to network with students and teach specialized courses. For instance, judges and attorneys with teaching experience sometimes teach our courts courses, police chiefs occasionally teach our law enforcement courses, and prison administrators may teach institutional corrections.

Our department’s reputation within Fort Worth and its surrounding communities provides opportunities for students to interact with FBI agents, U.S. marshals, federal judges, police chiefs, prison administrators and many other well-respected criminal justice professionals. Each fall, students meet recruiters from various criminal justice agencies on campus who share what it takes to obtain jobs and internships in their fields.

Ronald Burns, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Criminal Justice