Douglas Smith , M.A.J. » 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, Mint.com, 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.

Major

Criminal Justice

Minor

Criminal Justice


Resources

DownloadCriminal Justice Brochure

DownloadMission and Vision

Download4-Year Plan


Department Contacts

Douglas Smith, M.A.J.

Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice (posthumously)
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Biography

Douglas Smith, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, was at Bethany College since 2005, but taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978 until his death in 2014. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club.

Smith had over 35 years of experience in criminal justice. He worked in the 28th Judicial District Court, Salina, Kan., as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Director of Court Services and Trial Court Administrator I.

He was a board member of the Salina Youth Care Foundation and was twice elected president of the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. He served on committees for the Kansas Supreme Court and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary investigation team for child abuse cases. His work on this team garnered acclaim from the National Association of District Attorneys and the Federal Department of Health and Welfare.

Smith earned his Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.