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Criminology and Justice Studies

David Graff, Assistant Professor of Justice Studies

Kent State University's Department of Sociology offers a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Justice Studies. Paralegal studies minor and major are also available at the Kent Campus. On the graduate level, a justice studies focus is available through the public policy Ph.D. program in the Department of Political Science, and the department offers the M.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies which can be completed at the Kent Campus.

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 justice and for graduate study or law school.

All students pursuing a bachelor's degree at Kent State University complete a series of Kent Core Requirements. Criminology and Justice Studies majors take courses in English composition, mathematics or logic, foreign language, humanities, fine arts, social sciences and basic sciences. You can complete all these courses at Kent State University at Tuscarawas.

Each Criminology and Justice Studies major completes 24 semester hours of core requirements and chooses 21 semester hours of major electives. You can complete all the required coursework for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Justice Studies at Kent State Tuscarawas.

Criminology and Justice Studies graduates may choose from a variety of career options in federal, state and local criminal justice and related agencies. Graduates have also been recruited into rewarding careers in industrial, recreational and business firms.

The rate of job placement for graduates has been high. A significant factor in the employability of Criminoloyg and Justice Studies graduates is the quality of education that Kent State University offers its students. Many graduates receive placement help from successful alumni who work with the department in locating job opportunities. Graduates of Kent State University currently fill or are prepared to fill positions in the following areas: law enforcement at federal, state and local levels; juvenile courts; correctional programs for adults and juveniles; victim/witness programs; crisis intervention counseling; prosecutor's and public defender's offices; and institutional, business and industrial security management work.

Mr. David Graff, Associate Lecturer of Justice Studies