Criminal Justice Studies

Chair or Program Director: 

Frank Hutchins, Ph.D., Program Director
Pasteur Hall 170, Phone 502.272.8393,


Faculty: Curtis Bergstrand, Ph.D.; Matisa Wilbon, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty:  William Curley, M.A.; Kathy Eigelbach, M.S.; Nancy Schrepf, Psy.D.; Greg Smith, M.A

An interdisciplinary degree, the B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies offers a variety of courses which give the student a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and prepares them for leadership roles in this career area. In addition to applied and experiential classes which give practical and “hands-on” knowledge, selected humanities courses in philosophy, psychology, and literature provide interpretations of issues involving crime and society that can only be found in a truly liberal arts education. Faculty in the program have been selected because of their vast experience in the criminal justice field, from criminal profiling to police and correctional administration and law.

Program Mission Statement

The Criminal Justice Studies program seeks to prepare students for careers and graduate work in the field of criminal justice by grounding their education in a broad liberal arts perspective on crime and society.  In addition to giving them research skills, theoretical insights, and practical experiences in the real world where these skills and insights can be applied the program emphasizes an interdisciplinary perspective in understanding the issue of crime.  These perspectives include, but are not limited to, psychology, philosophy, and the humanities.  Our goal is to prepare students to become leaders who can understand and converse with others on a macro level of social and cultural understanding.  Finally, the student is encouraged to assume a social justice perspective in the understanding of crime and society.  A particular emphasis is placed upon understanding the offender’s perspective on crime and their involvement in it.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the biological, psychological, and criminological origins of criminal behavior.
2. Identify connections between theory and research in the construction of scientific knowledge.
3. Demonstrate proficiency with fundamental data manipulation tools and methodologies.
4. Conduct an independent research project.
5. Present an independent research project.
6. Apply theory in discussions of various components of the criminal justice system, from the police and the courts to the prison system.

Degree Requirements

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