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Welcome to the School of 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.

The School of Justice Studies has approximately 1,000 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, as such, it is one of the largest programs in the nation devoted to criminal justice education.

The School offers a wide range of academic courses related to the following major objectives:

  • Provide students with an appreciation of scholarship related to crime and justice in a complex diverse society
  • Provide students with strong critical thinking skills
  • Conduct research in criminal justice
  • Provide service to individuals, organizations and communities


We are committed to exemplary teaching, research and philosophy that is grounded in:

  • Cutting-edge scholarship
  • Engaging students in critical inquiry, logical and ethical thinking
  • Direct engagement of the social world to develop a deep and practical understanding of justice problems
  • Service to the community, university, and profession

Providing students with the most current knowledge in the field prepares them to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, technological, and diverse society.


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Student Spotlight:

Autumn Frye

Autumn Frye is a sophomore in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), where she is majoring in criminal justice and minoring in pre-law. Read more

Published 5/28/24

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Senior Spotlight:

Jenna Riel

(+minors, certificates, etc.)

Criminal Justice major, Police Studies minor

Richmond, KY
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Published 4/17/2024

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Spotlight: Gary Potter

Wherever he went, Gary Potter left an impact. In classrooms at Eastern Kentucky University, on Zoom calls with various political groups, or at marches and protests, Read more

Published 4/10/2024

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Student Spotlight:

Rylie Poteet

Rylie Poteet is a Junior in the School of Justice Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Originally from Louisville, KY, she is double majoring in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Read more

Published 03/27/2024

School of Justice Studies

521 Lancaster Ave
467 Stratton
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-1978


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