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Who Would be Interested in Criminal Justice?
Students with an interest in:
- The Criminal Justice system including: Local, state & federal law enforcement, adult community & institutional corrections, courts and juvenile justice.
- Criminal Justice research & planning
- Crime prevention
- Victim-based programs (e.g., domestic violence)
- Graduate or law school
Why Criminal Justice?
- The EKU School of Justice Studies provides a stimulating learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance, sensitivity, an open exchange of ideas, and preparing students for careers as leaders in the field.
- Unlike training, the program focuses on engaging students in critical inquiry, logical and ethical thinking, which fosters a deep and practical understanding of justice problems.
- Choose to study a variety of areas with multiple majors, minors or certificates.
- We boast one of the largest Criminal Justice programs in the nation, yet maintain small class sizes.
Learn from the Best
- Our faculty have published more criminal justice textbooks than almost any group in the nation. We wrote the books the most prestigious programs in the country are using, including our own.
At EKU, you will study with leading national scholars. Areas of expertise include:
- Drug control
- Police liability
- Administration and management
- Organized crime
- White-collar crime
- Property crime
- International criminal justice
- Media and criminal justice
Independent Study & Internship Opportunities
- Work with a professor through an Independent Study to pursue your personal area of interest. Students have completed studies ranging from agency-based evaluations to examinations of social issues as diverse as "punk rock and crime".
Build your resume with an internships or co-op experience. EKU students have worked with:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Department of Justice
- Bureau of Justice Statistics
- State and local law enforcement agencies and correctional agencies (various)
- Office of Public Defender
- Department of Juvenile Justice
Rewarding Career Opportunities
- State and local law enforcement officers
- Crime policy analyst
- Family service counselor
- Attorney or judge (additional law degree required)
- Correctional officer, trainer or administrator
- Juvenile/youth care worker
- Victim's advocate
What Are the requirements to be Admitted to the Program?
Students may select Criminal Justice as their major upon applying to the university.
Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?
Our graduates are employed throughout the nation and internationally in every sector of the criminal justice system.
Graduated have explored positions with:
- U.S. Secret Service
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives
- Local & State Law Enforcement Agencies
- Bureau of Prisons
- Federal Bureau of Investigation