Greetings From William Virkler
Associate Dean & Chair of Criminal Justice
Welcome to the Department of Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity. Please take a look at our suite of programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as our research centers and the Economic Crime Institute. Our faculty is truly interdisciplinary and has advanced degrees in business, computer science, criminology, education, electrical engineering, history and policy, and law. Faculty members have worked at private financial services companies, state law enforcement agencies, local courts, government agencies, and have founded their own companies.
At the undergraduate level, we educate our students to be investigators – whether the evidence is fingerprints, numbers on a spreadsheet, or digital code. We have an innovative curriculum consisting of three programs – criminal justice, economic crime investigation, and cybersecurity. Students are grounded in a liberal arts core along with criminology and relevant law classes. Specialty classes, rigorous writing expectations, and a capstone internship are defining features of our programs.
At the graduate level we train students in the latest best practices to manage the security of economic and digital information. Our master’s programs in Economic Crime Management and Cybersecurity – Intelligence and Forensics are at the leading edge of the protection and recovery of economic and digital evidence.
We have two research centers, which examine the latest trends of identity theft, economic fraud, and malware codes. The Center for Identity Management and Information Protection (CIMIP) conducts research on the manipulation of identity by people seeking to avoid legal sanctions. The Computer Forensics Research and Development Center (CFRDC) has partnerships with numerous local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who use our facilities for evidence analysis in the prosecution of on-going legal cases. Our Economic Crime Institute (ECI) brings together nationally recognized professionals in the prevention, detection, and investigation of economic crime and fraud. We are a justice department for the 21st century.
William Virkler, MBA
Associate Dean and Chair of Criminal Justice