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Welcome to the College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science

Our unique programs provide students with the opportunity to get involved in an academic field and career they are passionate about. Classes are taught by academic professionals who are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, scholarship, and real-world experience.

A Program of Distinction

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A selection of Justice Studies books

The College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science is Eastern Kentucky University’s first and only Program of Distinction, designated by the Council on Post-Secondary Education in 1998. POD funding has enabled college growth through the development of degree programs and upgraded building and classroom space, along with technology.

Our Schools

Our college offers unique degree programs and has a reputation for being on the frontline of learning and research in the fields of justice and safety. It is organized into two schools – The School of Justice Studies and the School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.

School of Justice Studies

The School of Justice Studies houses one of the largest undergraduate programs at EKU offering majors in criminal justice; police studies; social justice studies and corrections; and juvenile justice studies.

The School of Justice Studies is a School of Distinction and nationally recognized. We have nationally and internationally respected and well known faculty. We are proud of our undergraduate and graduate programs, and offer low student-to-faculty ratios.

The School of Justice Studies provides a stimulating learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance, sensitivity and an open exchange of ideas regarding a wide range of cultural and intellectual differences.

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management (SSEM)

Since its inception in the early 1970’s, the programs in the School of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management have been the first choice for students from across the nation and around the globe to prepare them for professional positions as paramedics, industrial safety managers, firefighters, fire inspectors, fire officers, fire protection engineering technologists, fire investigators, bombing scene investigators, private security professionals, risk managers, building code officials, and a wide variety of homeland security and emergency management positions.

SSEM programs contribute significantly to the diversity of the student population with a considerable percentage of all EKU international students enrolled in fire protection, occupational safety, or emergency medical care.


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Student Spotlight

Tatiana Gargac, a senior in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), has been awarded the 2023 Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network’s Student Achievement Award. Read more

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CoRom Interview with David Fifer

Each Friday, the College of Remote and Offshore Medicine (CoRom) releases a new podcast discussing wilderness medicine, austere healthcare and emergency medicine. In this interview, Aebhric O’Kelly interviews Eastern Kentucky University’s David Fifer.

College of Justice, Safety, and Military Science

521 Lancaster Avenue
Stratton 354
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-3565

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