Department of Criminal Justice Studies Established

January 4, 2011

Please join us in celebrating the establishment of the Department of Criminal Justice Studies at Bradley University, and in welcoming Dr. Christopher R. Williams, its inaugural Chair.

The creation of an independent Department of Criminal Justice Studies has been much-needed and in the works for some time. The new Department will feature B.A. and B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice Studies, replacing the existing B.A. and B.S. degrees in the Administration of Criminal Justice. Changes to the program – including a variety of new classes – are forthcoming, but current students should know that they can continue to use the program sheet/curriculum they have been following since declaring an ACJ major.

Dr. Williams comes to Bradley from the University of West Georgia, where he was Professor and Coordinator of the Criminology program. He received his Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology in 2000 and, since that time, has taught over twenty different courses in criminology and sociology, published four books and over twenty-five journal articles and book chapters, advised hundreds of students, and performed a variety of administrative and service-related functions.

The new Department of Criminal Justice Studies is located, along with the Pre-Law Center, on the 2nd floor of Bradley Hall, suite 239. You can reach Dr. Williams by email at, or by phone at 309.677.4202. Please feel free to browse the new website, as we have added a new vision statement, mission statement, statement of core values and principles, program description, and other interesting information. The new site will be updated regularly, so check back often.