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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.
All students in the Criminology and Justice Studies major select at least one concentration from the six offered, in consultation with a faculty advisor or the undergraduate coordinator for Criminology and Justice Studies. Consultations with faculty enable students to make informed choices about which combination of courses will maximize their preparation for future careers and possibly graduate education.