When studying criminal justice at Bethany, you will receive:
- Small classes with high-quality instruction;
- Faculty who care about student learning;
- Practitioners with advanced degrees who’ve “been there/done that”;
- Internship opportunities with local, regional, and statewide criminal justice & human services agencies;
- Classes based on theory and real-life situations;
- Opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs;
- Courses designed to help confirm your decision about a criminal justice career early in your college education.
What can I do with a criminal justice degree from Bethany College?
Graduates from our criminal justice program have gone on to become:
- State Troopers;
- City and County Law Enforcement;
- City Prosecutors;
- Practicing Attorneys;
- Probation and Parole Officers;
- Corrections Officers;
- Court Services Officers;
- Substance Abuse Counselors;
- Mental Health Professionals;
- Social Workers;
- Victim Advocates;
- Case Managers.
Our students also go on to pursue graduate degrees and military careers.
Dr. Kinnaird offered up Michelle Rambo, an active student at Bethany College, to be interviewed and she agreed. The online Q & A is featured HERE.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our curriculum reflects the national standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Amie Bauer returns to Bethany College after graduating in 2001 with a BA Magna Cum Laude in Communications, and a minor in Administration of Justice (a major was not offered). Amie previously taught as an Adjunct at Bethany and has participated in panels, mock crime scenes, CSI camp and other experience based opportunities for students. Amie watched the Criminal Justice program grow from a minor to a major and believes the Criminal Justice program is more relevant than ever.
While a Bethany student, Amie was Editor of the Bethany Messenger newspaper, served as a student ambassador and co-directed a program for orientation of new students, and selected the BC student leaders who welcomed and assisted students and their families on move- in day in etc., was a member of Gold Key Honorary Society, Dance Team, Student Government, Beta Tau Sigma Academic Society, Sigma Phi Omega and was selected as the Senior Class student graduation speaker. Also at Bethany, Amie interned with two criminal defense lawyers and with the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office. She served as the bailiff in Saline County District Court for out of county cases transferred by a change of venue, one being a capital murder trial; and also served as bailiff for the Kansas Court of Appeals when they traveled to Salina.
Amie attended law school at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, graduating with a J.D. in 2004. While in law school, she participated in Moot Court competitions, received a Faculty Brief Award, was a member of Sam A. Crow Inns of Court, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and Order of Barristers Oral Advocacy Society. She clerked for Cavanaugh and Lemon, P.A. of Topeka. Amie worked for the McPherson County Attorney office in 2004 and 2005. Since 2005, Amie has worked at Gusenius Law Office, in Lindsborg. Currently, Amie practices mostly family law and is a Kansas certified domestic Mediator, is a Municipal Court Judge in two cities, and the City Prosecutor in Lindsborg. Also, in 2005, Amie taught Family Law at Hutchinson Community College.
Amie currently serves on the Smoky Valley community foundation, Bethany College Criminal Justice Advisory Board, is Secretary of the Kansas Municipal Judge Association Board of Directors, and is a member of the Kansas Judges Assistance Committee.
Austin Hardin currently serves as a patrol officer with the Salina Police Department. He began his career in the private sector working both loss prevention and security prior to entering public law enforcement. Austin has extensive training in the fields of national and international security including terrorist operations, threat recognition and critical response.
Prior to joining Bethany College, Professor Hardin was an adjunct instructor at Brown Mackie College in Salina where he taught a variety of criminal justice courses. Austin graduated Magna Cum Laude with his B.A. in criminal justice from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Dr. Kinnaird has nearly two decades as a scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice. He grew up in Salina, Kansas and began his career as a deputy with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department in Hays, Kansas. During his police tenure, Kinnaird served as a jail officer and certified law enforcement officer holding assignments in patrol, investigations, field training, defensive tactics and tactical team operations. He was also a guest use of force instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Dr. Kinnaird served the Hays community for ten years.
As an academic, Dr. Kinnaird is formerly tenured as a department chair/assistant professor of justice studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and department chair/associate professor of criminal justice at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Kinnaird is widely published in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets and has an active training and research agenda.
Dr. Kinnaird earned his B.A. in sociology (1997) and M.L.S. in justice studies (1999) from Fort Hays State University and his Ph.D. in human services/criminal justice (2004) from Capella University, Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation on police misconduct and risk management was published by the International Journal of Police Science and Management.
Cory Odell serves as Detective Sergeant with the Junction City Kansas Police Department and is currently assigned as the Crime Scene Unit Supervisor. Cory has been a police officer since 2009 and has held various positions within the department including Patrol Officer, Sex Crimes Detective, Field Training Officer, Master Officer, Honor Guard Member, and SWAT Team Operator/Team Leader. He was awarded the Larry D. Welch Award for Academic Excellence upon graduation from the police academy.
Cory earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and a M.S. in criminal justice administration from the University of Cincinnati. He is a continuing education trainer for area criminal justice and human services agencies.