Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University!

Our College is a vibrant intellectual community of students, professors, researchers, staff, alumni and friends. We are committed to excellence and our brand – “Research Brought to Life” – conveys our vision of striving to provide cutting edge research and teaching that ultimately contributes to improving society by reducing the suffering, pain and cost of crime.

As you familiarize yourself with our website, you will see that our College has much to offer for those interested in the study of criminology, criminal justice and public policy. Our highly ranked faculty are not only conducting important and timely research but are engaged in teaching and active research collaboration with their students that seeks to advance scholarship and policy and to train the next generation of top-flight scholars and practitioners. Our staff are informed and eager to assist you in meeting your individual educational and career goals.

The College is on the move and it is a dynamic and influential place to be a part of. We have developed new educational partnerships within Florida State University aimed at providing our students access to newly emerging education and career path alternatives. These include the 3 + 3 Program with the College of Law and Cyber Criminology with the Department of Computer Science. We also offer the combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway, providing students an opportunity to get a jumpstart on graduate school. Our Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research is engaged in numerous research and policy studies that afford our students funding and research opportunities in various areas such as education and crime, elderly exploitation, financial fraud, juvenile and adult reentry, prison drug treatment and recidivism, domestic violence, campus sexual misconduct, electronic surveillance and numerous other areas. Our Distance Learning Program provides Bachelors and Masters degrees taught by our highly ranked faculty that involves our PhD students as teaching assistants thereby providing them excellent opportunities to expand their knowledge and teaching competences as they prepare for university teaching and research positions.

Again, welcome and please let us know how we can assist you in your education and career interests. 

All the best,
Tom Blomberg
Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology