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Lee College Academic Departments

The Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences is composed of three very strong academic departments that work together to provide a broad range of educational programs and research opportunities across the areas of public safety and security. 

The departments are home to thirty-three full-time and more than forty part-time faculty members. Over eighty percent of the College's full-time faculty members hold the appropriate terminal degree in their respective academic disciplines.  These disciplines include criminal justice, law, psychology, sociology, chemistry, biology, and criminology.  Additionally, all of our faculty members have extensive work experience in their respective areas, including service as crime lab directors, crime analysts, DNA specialists, police officers, crime victim advocates, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, criminal justice planners, fire protection engineers, firefighters, fire chiefs, and federal and state investigators.  The combined field experience of our faculty exceeds four hundred years of service in various public safety and security organizations across the United States. 

Our academic departments work closely together to enable the College to offer some of the most innovative programs available in the United States. For example, the advanced investigations program was developed by Dr. Henry Lee to help educate investigators in the use of scientific investigative tools to solve complex cases. The advanced investigations program is housed within the Forensic Science Department but makes extensive use of resources drawn from the fire/arson investigation program within the Fire Science Department to teach students about the latest techniques in fire investigations. Students focusing on investigations also receive instruction from leading experts drawn from the criminal justice program who have extensive experience managing complex and high-profile investigations. These same students can benefit from courses in forensic psychology taught by faculty housed within our Criminal Justice Department. Our ability to draw upon a wide range of experts in areas related to public safety and security has enabled the College to remain at the forefront of innovative providers of public safety and security education.   

The Criminal Justice Department also includes a National Security and Public Safety Program.  Taught by faculty distinguished both by their academic credentials and by their professional experience within the National Security Intelligence Community (IC), this program offers graduate students who are American citizens the opportunity to prepare themselves for a career within the IC or related fields. For students who may not be ready to commit to a 36-credit Master's degree program or those who already hold a master's degree but wish to pursue additional learning in National Security, the program also offers the National Security Graduate Certificate as an alternative.

In addition to housing the three academic departments, the Henry C. Lee College serves as the home for a number of centers and institutes. For example, the college is home to the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, which serves as a training and research center for crime lab personnel from the United Sates and around the world. The College is also home to a national crime scene investigation training and research program and a national cold-case training and research center. Faculty within the College also maintain centers and institutes in the areas of forensic psychology, cyber crime, forensic computer investigations, crime victims' rights, and remedies as well as a joint "Connecticut Innocence Project" with Yale University School of Law.