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.
- The Corrections Concentration is for students interested in pursuing careers in institutional corrections for adults or juveniles, or in such community corrections fields as probation and parole.
- The Criminology and Deviance Concentration is for students interested in understanding the origins and nature of deviance and crime, their patterns and society responses; this concentration is appropriate for students preparing for graduate studies in sociology, criminology, criminal justices, public policy and social work.
- The General–Criminology and Justice Studies Concentration is for students who either choose not to pursue specializations within the major or wish to pursue and individualized and program of study (through general electives), which do not align with the other concentrations.
- The Justice and Human Relations Concentration is for students interested in such fields as social work, counseling, 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.
- The Law and Society Concentration 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.
- The Policing Concentration is for students intending careers in law enforcement and other occupations related to security and public safety.
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.
In combination with relevant graduate degrees, students may also qualify for professional positions in legal practice; teaching; policy research including applied statistics and crime mapping; social work, clinical psychology, counseling or therapy; and forensics expert or technician (with cross-training in fields such as psychology, biology, chemistry, physics, anthropology, accounting, computer science or linguistics).
General Admissions for Freshman Students: Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school, who have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), and whose composite ACT score is 21 or better (980 combined critical reading and math SAT score). For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen.
General Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students.
Minimum 121 total credit hours and 42 upper-division hours for graduation. Minimum 2.00 GPA overall and 2.00 GPA in major required for graduation.
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
Justice Studies (M.A.)[admissions currently suspended]