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Criminology & Justice Studies Degree Overview


Criminology & Justice Studies
Stark Campus Concentrations

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.

The General-Criminology and Justice Studies concentration 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.

The Policing concentration is for students intending careers in law enforcement and other occupations related to security and public safety.

Criminology & Deviance
The Criminology & 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 justice, public policy and social work.

Law & Society
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.

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