The criminal justice administration program combines the Park University tradition of liberal arts education with a modern professional curriculum preparing graduates to work in the criminal justice system and related professions or moves on to graduate school. This program offers a variety of degrees, from the Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice to the Associate, minor and certificate levels.
The main campus of Park University is located a short drive from downtown Kansas City, and programs are offered at 40 campus centers throughout the country. In addition to these on-campus class options, Park also offers online criminal justice classes.
The criminal justice administration program is part of Park University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These majors are designed to prepare graduates who are articulate, literate, reflective, and committed to a lifetime of learning and civic action.
Many of our faculty have significant levels of professional work experience in the criminal justice field. We study all segments of the criminal justice system, from law enforcement, through courts, to corrections. We have areas of concentration in law enforcement, corrections, and security, lead by experienced professionals. We offer experiential opportunities in all areas through internships and special topics courses. We focus on critical thinking, effective communication (both oral and written), enabling lifelong learning, and working in a global society through possible international study.
Our alumni have gone on to jobs in a wide variety of areas, including police officers, juvenile officers, probation officers, security managers, and counselors with non-profit agencies assisting abused adults and children.
Several alumni have completed graduate programs in criminal justice and public administration, as well as law school.
Areas of Concentration
Students majoring in criminal justice administration may select from one of three areas of concentration: law enforcement, corrections, and security. These areas require two specific courses to that area, in addition to the general courses for all majors. Each area of concentration has been created and revised by working professionals in that area, to make the curriculum as relevant as possible to today's criminal justice needs.