Robert Carlson , M.B.A. » 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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Department Contacts

Robert Carlson, M.B.A.

Provost of the College Chair of the Business DepartmentProfessor of Business
Office Department of Business & Economics Social Science Center 1 Phone: (785) 227-3380, ext. 8167
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Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.

Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals.  He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.

He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.

Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.

Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.