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School of Justice Studies

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The School of Justice Studies is a School of Distinction and nationally recognized.  We have nationally and internationally respected and well known Faculty.  We are proud of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and offer low student to faculty ratios.

The School of Justice Studies provides a stimulating learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance, sensitivity and an open exchange of ideas regarding a wide range of cultural and intellectual differences.


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 appreciation of scholarship related to crime and justice in a complex diverse society 
  • Provide students with strong critical thinking skills
  • Conduct research in criminal justice
  • Provide service to individuals, organizations and communities


  • 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.


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