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Kent State University's Criminology and Justice Studies Programs offers a two-year program (Associate of Arts in Justice Studies) and a  four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies.

About the Program

The Criminology and Justice Studies 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 the foundations and problems of the contemporary criminal and juvenile justice processes and suggests approaches to the solution of these problems. The program prepares its graduates for professional roles in the varied fields of criminal and juvenile justice and for graduate study or law school.

Mission Statement

The Criminology and Justice Studies Programs acknowledge 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 Programs seek 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 Criminology and Justice Studies faculty 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.

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