About the School of Justice Studies


We are committed to exemplary teaching, research and philosophy that is grounded in:

  • cutting-edge scholarship
  • engaging students in critical inquiry, logical and ethical thinking
  • direct engagement of the social world to develop a deep and practical understanding of justice problems
  • service to the community, university, and profession 

Providing students with the most current knowledge in the field prepares them to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, technological, and diverse society.

The School of Justice Studies has approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, as such, it is one of the largest programs in the nation devoted to criminal justice education.

The School offers a wide range of academic courses related to the following major objectives:

  • Provide students with an academic, ethical, and legal foundation for employment opportunities within the criminal justice field
  • Prepare students for judicial and professional programs
  • Conduct research in criminal justice
  • Provide service to individuals and organizations within the criminal justice system

The School of Justice Studies offers:

  • Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees in Police Studies on Campus or 100% Online
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Justice Studies
  • Minor, Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Criminal Justice
  • Master's Degree in Justice Policy and Leadership
  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Correctional & Juvenile Justice Studies 100% Online

With the exception of the online programs, courses are taught at the Stratton building, located on the south end of the Eastern Kentucky University Campus.


Stacy Groce
Stratton 467
Telephone:  859-622-1978
Fax:  859-622-1549
Email:  stacy.groce@eku.edu