Criminology and Justice Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies integrates knowledge and skills from disciplines such as sociology, psychology and political science with a range of justice subjects such as crime and delinquency, law enforcement, courts, corrections and law.

This program provides an opportunity to understand the foundations, structures and practices of the contemporary criminal and juvenile justice systems, as well as current challenges and controversies. The program prepares its graduates for professional roles in a wide variety of fields and can also prepare students for graduate study, for example in a social science or law.

Major Requirements


Competencies upon completion

Graduates of this program will develop:

  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professional skills through experience
  • Substantive knowledge in specific areas of the discipline, namely law, law enforcement, corrections, courts, and diversity
  • An understanding of ethics
  • An understanding of theoretical issues related to causes of crime and development of justice practices
  • An understanding of research
  • Critical thinking skills

Career Opportunities

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 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. Many students take advantage of police academies located conveniently at Kent State and Kent State University at Trumbull.

In combination with relevant graduate degrees, students may also qualify for professional positions legal practice; teaching; policy research including applied statistics and crime mapping; policy analysis; social work, clinical psychology, counseling or therapy; and forensics (with cross-training in fields such as psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, anthropology, accounting, computer science or linguistics).

Justice career resources


Mr. David Graff, Senior Lecturer