Police Studies

College of Justice and Safety
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Great journeys begin at EKU. Find out more information about academic majors, explore student life opportunities and discover why Eastern Kentucky University is a special place to learn and grow.

Degree Options

On-Campus Degrees

Online Degrees

Who Would be Interested in Police Studies?

A degree in Police Studies is an excellent choice if you are:

  • Exploring a career in law enforcement
  • Passionate about public safety and community service
  • Working in law enforcement and seeking opportunities for advancement
  • Considering a first step toward a career in law, social work, academia or another related field requiring a specialized degree

Why Police Studies?

Degree Benefits

  • Our program is the only four-year academic policing program in Kentucky. Our department is one of the largest in the nation. And the college has a 40-year record to preparing students for success.
  • Unlike training, the program focuses on engaging students in critical inquiry, logical and ethical thinking, allowing them to develop a deep and practical understanding of justice problems.
  • Associate and bachelor's degrees are available in a traditional on-campus format or in a completely online format resulting in the same accredited degree.

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
  • Ethics
  • 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 internship 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 Studies
  • State and local law enforcement agencies and correctional agencies
  • Office of Public Defender

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Career Examples:

  • State and local law enforcement officer
  • School resource officer
  • Crime policy analyst
  • Attorney or judge (additional law degree required)
  • Victim's advocate

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Police Studies as their major upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

Pursue a career related to crime analysis, the court system, victims' advocacy, criminal justice, juvenile justice, law or another area of service.

Graduates have explored positions with:

  • Local and State Law Enforcement Agencies
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement

How Do I Get More Information?

On-campus program:
www.policestudies.eku.edu/
Contact Jacinda Bertie, Student Recruitment Specialist
859-622-6520
jacinda.bertie@eku.edu

Online Program:
www.plsonline.eku.edu/
Contact Allison Smock, Assistant Online Coordinator
859-622-7568
allison.smock@eku.edu

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?