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Department of Justice and Community Studies

Offering associate and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice as well as classes that provide the foundation for law school and other graduate school programs, the Department of Justice and Community Studies also supports majors based on the Oxford campus. Learning both in and out of the classroom provides valuable hands-on experiences to enhance students’ employability. Partnering with some of the best agencies, organizations, and professionals in the region, Miami Regionals ensures our graduates have access to a diverse range of career options.

Explore Our Programs

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Through our bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, you will gain in-depth knowledge of the justice system, positioning you for mid-level career paths within a police department, court system, and more.

Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice

With our associate degree in Criminal Justice you can pursue entry-level careers within the police, courts, corrections, or enhance your knowledge base if you are currently employed within the criminal justice system.

Double Major in Criminal Justice and Social Work

As a grad of this double major you are eligible to seek state licensure in social work and employment in a wide variety of professional settings including courts and legal services agencies, residential treatment programs, community-based rehabilitation centers, and criminal offender diversion programs.
Steve Bailey teaching a criminal justice class.


Our Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigation minors pair well with numerous majors and gives you the core foundation in these fields to enhance your career goals.

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Academic Advising

Don't go it alone! Our faculty are here to help you complete your degree. Every student is assigned to a faculty advisor, and all students are welcome to visit with any JCS faculty member regardless of their particular assignment.
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Give to the Department

Help us prepare the next generation of professionals, leaders, and our society as a whole. We have numerous scholarships and programs accepting contributions from donors like you.
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Department of Justice and Community Studies

Hamilton Campus
Phelps Hall 103