The Justice Studies Program
Justice Studies educates its graduates in anticipation for careers with criminal justice agencies, victim assistance programs, courts and legal associations, non-profit agencies, private security firms, corporations, and more. Because of the diversity of the program, including an Associate of Arts in Justice Studies, students are prepared for a range of career fields as well as for law schools and graduate programs making them competitive even as the economy changes.
The Justice Studies program is interdisciplinary, meaning that its faculty and individual courses integrate the theoretical underpinnings and applications from disciplines such as sociology, psychology, political science, history, and criminal justice. The program is flexible enough to allow students to focus on their specific interests, and tailored enough to provide a foundational understanding of the contemporary criminal justice system in the United States and larger issues of social and cultural justice, as well as to teach the theories of criminology and victimology, and offer approaches to understanding and solving the problems of crime and injustice.
At Kent State Trumbull, students can take the courses leading to a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree in Justice Studies; a two-year Associate of Arts; or minor in Justice Studies to supplement another degree area.
All of the courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree are available at Kent State Trumbull; however, because the degree is conferred through the College of Arts and Sciences at the Kent Campus, students do need to obtain graduation advisement through A & S advisers. Since most of the courses from the associate's degree apply to the bachelor's degree, students have the 2+2 option, which allows them to finish with both degrees.