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. We have a multicultural student body in criminal justice and they come from all over the United States and the world! Our students participate in student government, Greek council, serve as class presidents, residence hall assistants, and are All-American and Academic All-Americans in the KCAC and NAIA. They have earned places on the Dean’s Honor Roll and graduate both Summa and Magna Cum Laude.
Vance Lipsey, Freshman
- Hometown: Brentwood, Tennessee
- Area of Interest: Law Enforcement
- Athletics: Wrestling & Soccer
- Activities: Freshman class president, Law and Order Club president, Pi Sigma Chi treasurer
- Internships: Police agencies in Tennessee and Colorado
- Quote: “The best thing I like about Bethany College Criminal Justice is that each professor has experience in the field which helps me learn more about the material I’m reading and studying.”
- Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
- Employment: Police Officer, Greensboro, North Carolina Police Department
- At Bethany: Tennis team, Swede Government Association leadership positions, Law and Order Club, completed summer internships, graduated with honors
- Quote: “Going through Bethany College Criminal Justice program prepared me for real-life experiences because I have a solid foundation of the criminal justice system. This has helped me excel academically throughout the police academy. The professors at Bethany College aren’t just ‘ordinary professors’ because they have worked in the field before coming to Bethany College to teach.”
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our curriculum reflects the national standards set by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Dr. Brian A. Kinnaird has two decades as a scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice. He began his career as a commissioned peace officer, serving as a deputy sheriff in Kansas for over a decade. During his tenure, Kinnaird was assigned to both jail and patrol divisions. He was a shift supervisor, field training officer, SWAT team operator and lead defensive tactics instructor.
As an academic, Dr. Kinnaird has served as a professor and administrator for public, private, and proprietary institutions all over the state and country. He is the author of several books and book chapters and is widely published in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets with active research and training agendas.
Dr. Kinnaird earned his B.A. in sociology (1997) and M.L.S. in justice studies (1999) from Fort Hays (Kansas) State University and his Ph.D. in criminal justice/human services (2004) from Capella University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation on police misconduct and risk management was published by the “International Journal of Police Science and Management.”
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.
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.