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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. 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.

Student Spotlight

ali_shahryar_176_mfbAli Shahryar, junior

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, California
  • Area of Interest: Law Enforcement
  • Athletics: Football & Track
  • Activities: President of Gamma Kappa Alpha, Yu Gi Oh & Magic Club member
  • Honors: Dr. Ted Kessinger Champion of Character recipient, 3.9 gpa, Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Quote: “My favorite thing about Bethany’s Criminal Justice program is that all of the professors are interested in your personal growth and are more than willing to help you succeed in life. Each professor has field experience and knows what they’re talking about, in fact I learned more in my first year at Bethany than I did in the three years I spent in junior college.”

Graduate Spotlight

1-001-2Michelle Rambo ’15
  • Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
  • Graduate: Greensboro Police Department’s 100th Police Academy
  • 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.


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Brian Kinnaird, Ph.D

Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Office Wallerstedt Social Science Center 24 Department of Criminal Justice Phone: 785.227.3380, x8213
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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.”