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.
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.