EKU Criminal Justice Program’s Engaging Curriculum

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Eastern Kentucky University is consistently recognized as a leading provider of criminal justice education due to the comprehensive curriculum taught by esteemed faculty. EKU’s online criminal justice program begins with core courses on criminal justice ethics, criminology, criminal justice research, and criminal justice statistics. Then, students can determine their own educational pathway by choosing from engaging criminal justice electives that cover a variety of contemporary issues in the field to earn their criminal justice degree.

A Sampling of the Criminal Justice Program Electives

Course TitleFundamental Question Explored
Juvenile Justice SystemHow do we define and respond to youth crime in the United States?
Rehabilitation Strategies for Adult and Juvenile OffendersWhat is the best way to promote positive behavioral changes in adult and juvenile offenders?
Living and Working in PrisonWhat is it like to live and work behind prison bars?
Offenders in the CommunityWhat are the formal and informal mechanisms of social control that support desistance from crime and facilitate offender reintegration?
Police, Order, Maintenance and CrimeWhat is the role of police in society and how do police organizations operate?
Surveillance and SocietyHow is surveillance used in the monitoring and policing of bodies, populations, property and information, and how does surveillance lead to inequalities and violations of civil liberties?
White Collar Crime/Crimes of the PowerfulWhat are the trends, underlying motivations, and impacts of upper world crimes of business and government committed in the course of legitimate occupations and financial activities?
Crime and MediaHow are crime, criminals and punishment depicted in American popular culture and how do these images contribute to cultural production and consumption?

If you are interested in law enforcement, consider some of these electives from police studies:

Course TitleFundamental Question Explored
Terrorism/CounterterrorismHow do we define, prevent, and combat domestic, foreign, transnational and state terrorism?
The Police and CommunityWhat strategies do police use to build police-community partnerships and address crime and quality of life problems in diverse communities?
Social Forces and Policing SocietyHow are the roles and functions of police impacted by political, social, cultural, legal and organizational forces?
Contemporary Policing StrategiesWhat are the critical issues facing the police and how do they influence police reform and accountability mechanisms?  

If you are interested in pursuing a career in corrections, here are some elective courses to consider:

Course TitleFundamental Question Explored
Female OffendersHow does criminal justice policy & practice affect female offenders?
Exploring the Death PenaltyBased on the evaluation of key issues surrounding the debate, should the death penalty be an option in the American legal system?
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of OffendersWhat role do mental health and substance abuse play in crime, and how can we best meet these needs for offenders?
Diversity in CorrectionsWhat particular meanings and controversies arise from cultural and other differences that exist among persons involved with the correctional system?

These and other criminal justice electives provide an in-depth exploration of key issues in the criminal justice and law enforcement field.  They engage students in critical thinking about our criminal justice system and provide a forum for examining career interests.  Want to be a part of this leading online program and earn your criminal justice degree? Learn more about EKU’s 100% online criminal justice program.

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