Criminal Justice at UVU

The Criminal Justice Department at Utah Valley University prepares students for stimulating careers in law enforcement and forensic technology. Our program provides a comprehensive skill set and an understanding of complex issues related to the criminal justice system.

Program/Degree Objectives

Upon completing a degree in Criminal Justice, students will gain skills and knowledge in:

  1. Interviewing witnesses and suspects.
  2. Crime scene processing.
  3. Patrol and basic field procedures.
  4. Criminal laws and procedures.
  5. Ethical issues in criminal justice.
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  • Challenging Extremism via a global competition.
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Club at UVU
  • Online Associate Degree from UVU
  • Financial Crimes Investigation Course
  • Center for National Security Studies
  • Join the National Security Society club
  • UVU CJ Facebook page



Growing Program

Graduates since 2008 and a 54% graduation increase since 2012




Hands-on training in a fully equipped state/federal level forensic laboratory

Earn A DEgree Online

Now offering online instruction and degree in Criminal Justice.

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National Recognition

SkillsUSA champions: 3 gold medals in criminal justice, 1 silver medal in criminal justice, and 2 silver medals in crime scene investigations.


Experienced Faculty

Full-time faculty including Former FBI, defense attorney, local police, and more.

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Career Success

50% of all Utah County police officer positions are filled with graduates from our state-certified satellite police academy.

Forensic Science
Police Academy
National Security Studies


50 Prominent Republican National Security Experts Denounce Trump, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, August 10, 2016.

Security Concerns for the Olympic Games in Brazil, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, August 4, 2016.

American Fork Appoints Police Chief from its Own Ranks, Daily Herald, July 28, 2016.

What You Need to Know About the Turkish Military Coup, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, July 20, 2016.

National Security Expert Weighs in on Clinton Email Investigation, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, July 13, 2016.

Will Brexit Make the Country More Secure, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 29, 2016.

Facts to Know About Terror Watch Lists, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 22, 2016.

What the FBI Knew About the Orlando Nightclub Shooting Suspect, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 15, 2016.

Utah Expert Not Surprised by Site of Orlando Attack,Fox-13, 4:00 News, June 13, 2016.

The Lasting Danger of ISIS--Inspired Lone Wolves, ABC-4, Midday News, June 13, 2016.

Lasting Danger Behind ISIS-Inspired Lone Wolves, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 13, 2016.

Tensions in Russia and Syria Continue to Escalate, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 8, 2016.

What You Need to Know About the Situation in Fallujah, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, June 1, 2016.

Adjunct Professor in UVU CJ Department named American Fork Interim Chief of Police, Daily Herald, May 26, 2016.

Is the New Taliban Leader More Likely to Engage in Peace Talks?, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, May 25, 2016.

How to Keep Your Computer Safe From Hackers, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, May 18, 2016.

Utah County Police Agencies Understaffed and Overworked, Daily Herald, May 15, 2016.

US Forces Sent to Yemen - What it Means for the US, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, May 11, 2016.

Findings of Afghanistan Hospital Bombing Announced, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, May 4, 2016.

Utah's First Female Enlistee Into the Infantry a UVU Graduate, KCSG, May 3, 2016.

Potential Implications of CENTCOM's MSF Investigation on the ICC's Preliminary Examination of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, Lawfare blog post, April 29, 2016.

UVU Professor Explains Increase in US Troops in Syria, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, April 27, 2016.

What You Need to Know About Belgium Attacks, ABC-4, Good Morning Utah, Mar. 23, 2016.

Security Experts, Muslim Community React to Belgium Attacks, Deseret News, Mar. 22, 2016.

Utah Security Officials Say Brussels Attack Will Have Police Agencies Increasing Their Presence, KSL News Radio 102.7FM, Mar. 22, 2016. 

Security Experts, Muslim Community React to Belgium Attacks, KSL, Mar. 22, 2016.

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  • Evidence Technician
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  • Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Gang Investigator
  • Homeland Security Careers
  • Immigration Paralegal
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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Legal Secretary
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  • Prison Warden
  • Special Function Officer
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