EKU Offers an Engaging and Flexible Curriculum for Criminal Justice Majors

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 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.

A Sampling of Criminal Justice Electives

Course Title

Fundamental Question Explored

Juvenile Justice System

How do we define and respond to youth crime in the United States?

Rehabilitation Strategies for Adult and Juvenile Offenders

What is the best way to promote positive behavioral changes in adult and juvenile offenders?

Living and Working in Prison

What is it like to live and work behind prison bars?

Offenders in the Community

What are the formal and informal mechanisms of social control that support desistance from crime and facilitate offender reintegration?

Police, Order, Maintenance and Crime

What is the role of police in society and how do police organizations operate?

Surveillance and Society

How 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 Powerful

What 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 Media

How 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 Title

Fundamental Question Explored


How do we define, prevent, and combat domestic, foreign, transnational and state terrorism?

The Police and Community

What strategies do police use to build police-community partnerships and address crime and quality of life problems in diverse communities?

Social Forces and Policing Society

How are the roles and functions of police impacted by political, social, cultural, legal and organizational forces?

Contemporary Policing Strategies

What 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 Title

Fundamental Question Explored

Female Offenders

How does criminal justice policy & practice affect female offenders?

Exploring the Death Penalty

Based 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 Offenders

What role do mental health and substance abuse play in crime, and how can we best meet these needs for offenders?

Diversity in Corrections

What 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 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 program and be on the cutting edge of your field? Learn more about EKU’s 100% online criminal justice program.

Published on December 07, 2020