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The Criminal Justice Department offers an interdisciplinary major leading toward a BA degree designed to provide students a broad social science background for understanding crime, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system, and to offer the opportunity to prepare for a professional career in criminal justice.


Bachelor of Arts


CHAIR: Dr. Mary Cuadrado


Leanne Alarid
Contact Information:; 915-747-7087
Education: BA, University of Northern Colorado; MA, Sam Houston State University; Ph D, Sam Houston State University

Howard Daudistel
Contact Information:; 915-747-5666
Education: BA, University of California Santa Barbara; MA, University of California Santa Barbara; Ph D, University of California Santa Barbara

Michael Smith
Contact Information:; 915-747-6459
Education: Ph D, Arizona State University

James Wood
Contact Information:; 915-747-6570
Education: BA, Harvard University; Master of Divinity, Yale Divinity School; MA, University of Arizona; Ph D, University of Arizona; MS, University of Texas at El Paso

Associate Professors

Theodore Curry
Contact Information:; 915-747-6527
Education: BA, University of Tulsa; MA, University of Oklahoma; Ph D, Washington State University

Jeffrey Rojek
Contact Information:; 915-747-6319
Education: Ph D, University of Missouri-St.Louis

Assistant Professors

John Shjarback
Contact Information:; 915-747-8761
Education: BS, Penn State University; MA, Monmouth University; Ph D, Arizona State University

Juan Wittke
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Education: BS, University of Phoenix; MS, Sul Ross State University

Egbert Zavala
Contact Information:; 915-747-6218
Education: BA, University of Texas at El Paso; MA, Kansas State University; Ph D, Kansas State University; Ph D, Kansas State University
Research Interests: Intimate partner violence, criminology, criminal justice, testing criminological theories, research methods, homicide, juvenile delinquency

Postdoctoral Fellow

Misty Duke
Contact Information:; 915-747-8573
Education: BA, The University of Texas at Austin; MA, Texas Woman's University; Ph D, University of Texas at El Paso

Senior Lecturers

Melinda Lauck
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Education: JD, University of Houston

Allison Rojek
Contact Information:; 915-747-5576
Education: MA, University of Missouri-St.Louis

Visiting Professor

Barbara Peat
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Education: Ph D, New Mexico State University