Criminology & Criminal Justice

Chair’s Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at UTSA!  We currently have 16 tenure-track and non-tenure-track faculty, along with an administrative assistant, and many additional instructors that are professionals in the local community who serve our nearly 1,000 undergraduate students and approximately 50 graduate students.

We are devoted to delivering high quality education to these students through our Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSCCJ) and our Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (BA) programs. Our MSCCJ program enables students to gain expertise in research, theory, and policy while preparing them for advanced careers in governmental agencies or continued study at the doctoral level. The BA program prepares students for careers in the criminal justice system at the local, state and federal level or for entrance to law school or graduate programs.

Our faculty members are nationally recognized for their scholarship and are committed to innovative research and education. We have expertise in a variety of areas including, but not limited to quantitative and qualitative methodologies, criminological and criminal justice system theories, and substantive expertise in policing, courts, and corrections. Our faculty are active researchers who regularly publish peer-reviewed articles and engage in research funded by federal, state, local, and private entities.

Studying and working in the areas of criminology and criminal justice is interesting and exciting and can be very challenging and rewarding. I hope you decide to attend UTSA and enroll in one of our programs. We look forward to the opportunity to help you in your pursuit of knowledge in criminology, criminal justice, and justice policy and are here to assist you in achievement of your educational goals. Please take time to peruse our faculty webpage and explore all of the exciting things our department is doing. If you have any questions about our programs or research, please drop by our office (DB 4.110) or contact me directly. We look forward to hearing from you!

Richard D. Hartley, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

210-458-2759 (direct)


Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Durango Building (DB) 4.110
501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207
ph. 210-458-2535


Rick Hartley