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Dr. Pamela Tontodonato
Undergraduate Coordinator for
Criminology & Justice Studies





Criminology & Justice Studies Undergraduate Program

About the Program 

Kent State University's Criminology and Justice Studies Program offers a four-year course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology & Justice Studies in the Department of Sociology. We also offer a minor in Criminology & Justice Studies which can be combined with other majors at the University.

The curriculum integrates knowledge and skills acquired in disciplines such as sociology, psychology and political science with a range of justice subjects including crime and delinquency, law enforcement, courts, corrections, and law.

The program provides an opportunity to understand contemporary adult criminal and juvenile justice systems and problems, and suggests approaches to the solution of these problems. The program strives to be both academic and professional, both conceptual and applied.

Program Curriculum and Major Concentrations   

The Criminology & Justice Studies B.A. prepares its graduates for professional roles in the varied fields of criminal and juvenile justice and for graduate study in the social sciences or law school. To accomplish these goals, we offer course concentrations in the following subjects:

  • Policing is for students intending careers in law enforcement and other occupations related to security and public safety.
  • Corrections is for students interested in pursuing careers in institutional corrections for adults or juveniles, or in such community corrections fields as probation and parole.
  • Criminology & Deviance is for students interested in understanding the origins and nature of deviance and crime, their patterns and society’s responses; this concentration is appropriate for students preparing for graduate studies in sociology, criminology, criminal justice, public policy and social work.
  • Justice & Human Relations is for students interested in such fields as social work, counseling and treatment, clinical psychology, victimology, victim advocacy, juvenile justice, public/community relations in criminal justice, community organizing, diversity or social justice; interdisciplinary training and/or specialized graduate training are necessary for careers in many of those fields.
  • Law & Society is for students interested in the social relevance of law and social influences on law; this concentration is appropriate preparation for law school or graduate studies in the social sciences.
  • General Criminology & Justice Studies is for students who either choose not to pursue specializations within the major or wish to pursue an individualized program of study (through general electives), which do not align with the other concentrations.

All majors take nine courses plus a lab (28 hours) of core requirements designed to expose them to all major aspects of the field, while the remaining 12 hours are based on the chosen concentration, including a general concentration. To see a Roadmap containing a list of the courses required to obtain a B.A. degree in Criminology & Justice Studies with one of these concentrations, click one of the links above.

Mission Statement 

The Criminology and Justice Studies Program acknowledges its relationship to the College of Arts & Sciences and the interdisciplinary nature of its discipline and seeks through its curriculum to provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge grounded in the humanities and social sciences.

Further, recognizing that a humane and equitable provision of justice is the foundation of a democratic society, the Program seeks to sensitize students to the values and views of diverse segments of society. In pursuit of this goal, courses within the curriculum serve to further students' conceptual understanding of the values, ethics, and power relationships involved in the process of justice. In short, while never losing our essential roots in the liberal arts, humanities and social sciences, we recognize and make explicit the duality of our field. It is both academic and professional. It is both conceptual and applied.

The faculty who teach in the Criminology and Justice Studies program is committed to providing the high quality of instruction necessary to obtain the aforementioned goals. Further, the faculty recognizes its responsibilities to further the development of the field of criminal justice through individual research and scholarship. We seek to serve both the University and the larger community through the provisions of professional expertise where such contributions serve the furtherance of justice. Providing consultative services, workshops, and seminars to public and private justice related agencies are just some of the ways of actualizing our special responsibility to make positive contributions toward the quality of life in Ohio.