Amie Bauer , J.D. » Department of Criminal Justice

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;
  • Detectives;
  • 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.

Student Spotlight

Michelle Rambo (1)11ValuePenguin, a consumer-finance company has been putting together weekly Q&A interviews featuring top students at different criminology programs around the country. They want to focus on the up-and-coming generation of professionals. As a company, their work is featured in USA Today, CBS News This Morning, CBS Evening News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, National Review, The Hill,, Associated Press, ThomsonReuters, CNBC, US News, and the Baltimore Sun.

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.


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Amie Bauer, J.D.

Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice
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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.