Criminology and Justice Studies - B.A. Download to print
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology
215 Merrill Hall
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of crime, law and justice. Faculty members view crime, deviance and society’s response from the fields of sociology, political science, psychology, social work and traditional criminal justice viewpoints. The curriculum provides a firm understanding of the basic institutions of the criminal justice system. Students are also exposed to criminological theory and diversity courses, which help them understand the complex relationship between the individual, society and the criminal justice system. The program stresses effective writing and analytical skills. Students are afforded the opportunity to earn credit through internship placements, including Kent State’s fully accredited police academy.
Career opportunities related to criminology and justice studies interests and credentials include positions in criminal and regulatory law enforcement affiliated with a wide variety of municipal/city, county, state, regional and national agencies; correctional positions, including guards, counselors, probation and parole officers and supervisors; homeland security; courthouse security; park/forest rangers; private security services, including for businesses, transportation systems, hospitals and campuses; juvenile detention, counseling and supervision; investigative and criminal history research positions for courts or private businesses; victim services and victim advocacy.
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Admission Requirements at the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy at the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends.
The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. For more information on admissions, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.
Minimum 120 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.000 GPA overall and 2.000 GPA in major required for graduation.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will develop:
1. Oral and written communication skills
2. Professional skills through experience
3. Substantive knowledge in specific areas of the discipline, namely law, law enforcement, corrections, courts, and diversity
4. An understanding of ethics
5. An understanding of theoretical issues related to causes of crime and development of justice practices
6. An understanding of research
7. Critical thinking skills
Study Abroad/Away Opportunities
There are many Study Abroad/Away Opportunities, for more information contact the Office of Global Education.
Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society; Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the Criminal Justice Club
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