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Research, Community Involvement, and Professional Development

The Ball State Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology (CJC) faculty and students are heavily involved in research projects to advance the field of criminal justice. Many of the research projects run by CJC faculty have opportunities for students to gain real experience. Speak to your academic advisor to find out about current and future research opportunities. The Sponsored Programs Office is also an excellent resource for research programs information.

Community Involvement
Ball State students are leaders in the classroom and on campus. But many also lead in the community. A great number of Ball State students take pride in helping others. They participate in blood drives, clean up neighborhoods, mentor at-risk youth, teach adults to read, and many other activities too numerous to name here. There are literally hundreds of opportunities within CJC and the university to volunteer your time.

Building Better Communities
The Building Better Communities Fellows program provides immersive learning opportunities to students in all majors. Working with a faculty mentor, you and your team find real-world solutions to real-world problems for a business or community partner. Check out recent projects involving CJC students. 

Professional Development
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology sponsors an annual series of professional development seminars. The series features professionals with expertise in the criminal justice field and gives students information on some of the latest developments in the fields of criminal justice and criminology.