Criminology and Justice Studies

The Criminology major at Avila

The 120 credit hour Criminology & Justice Studies major at Avila University is viewed broadly as encompassing the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system, crime prevention, and the treatment of offenders. The program is interdisciplinary and integrative in nature, drawing upon several academic disciplines and paradigms for theoretical and methodological approaches.

students have the opportunity for internships with the police, victim assistance, security, shelters, mental health, and corrections.

Currently the criminal justice program has on-campus programs but coming soon is an undergraduate online criminal justice program.

Be Prepared for Your Career

Students in the Criminology & Justice Studies major will be prepared with the leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills necessary for a successful career and/or graduate school education in areas such as:

  • law enforcement and corrections
  • sociology and social justice positions
  • psychology
  • public administration

Dean Darrin Smith, Ph.D.


Dept. of Performing Arts
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City

Darrin Smith, Ph.D., Professor; Dean of the College of Science and Health
P: 816-501-3655 / E: darrin.smith

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