UAFS Criminal Justice Degree Named Top Value in U.S.

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith was named the college with the second-best value for a criminal justice degree in the United States by Best Value Schools.


The ranking was created using information from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator Database. Editors of Best Value Schools noted the program’s wide range of internship opportunities, in addition to the annual Criminal Justice Symposium the university holds each year.


Dr. Paul Kroutter, head of the Department of Criminal Justice at UAFS, attributed the ranking to a group of qualified faculty members along with the practical experience the program offers students.


“The criminal justice faculty are unique in that the majority are either current or past practitioners in the criminal justice field.  As such, they have vast experience and ties to the agencies they worked with. They are able to bring real life experiences into the classroom to help illustrate principles, concepts and theory,” Kroutter said.


“Junior and senior level students also have the opportunity to intern with a number of local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies in and outside the Fort Smith area,” Kroutter added. “The internships provide students with practical work experience in criminal justice, and they are able to see firsthand how the concepts, theories, and principles learned in the classroom are applied in the field. Host agencies are able to see the caliber of students we have and their work ethic, and several of these agencies have hired the students after they graduate.”


Krouter said 319 students are currently enrolled in the criminal justice program, and that graduates of the program either find employment in the criminal justice field or continue their education in law or graduate school.


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Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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