The Criminology and Social Justice major at Avila
With a well-rounded curriculum and leadership development emphasis, Avila’s criminology and justice studies program will prepare you for a successful career in areas ranging from law enforcement to victim services. Course requirements in social inequality and foundations of social change will expose you to an array of perspectives on the criminal justice system.
Avila’s small courses and individualized attention mean that you’ll have direct contact with strong faculty who are actively engaged in scholarship. Even if law enforcement isn’t your preferred career, our foundational courses in research methods and statistical analysis mean that our graduates are well-prepared to pursue further studies.
Are you interested in criminology and social justice?
Be Prepared for Your Career
Incoming first-year students are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Avila students have completed hands-on learning experiences at:
- Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department
- Johnson County (Kan.) Department of Corrections
- Omaha (Neb.) Police Department
Avila Criminology and Social Justice graduates are prepared to pursue careers in:
- Law Enforcement — Federal, State or Local
- Corrections — Prisons and jails, probation and parole
- Juveniles — Corrections, probation, and parole, working with child victims of abuse/neglect
- Victim Services — Domestic violence, shelters, rape crisis centers
Avila Criminology and Social Justice graduates choose to work at:
- Jackson County Children’s Division
- Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
- MOCSA – Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
- Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Transferring to Avila?
We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
An Environment to Enhance your Education
Hooley-Bundschu Learning Commons
This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public computers, tutoring, and access to 50,000+ books and millions of articles await you.
Guaranteed Research Opportunity
All first-year undergraduate students in all majors are guaranteed an internship or research experience.
Close to Everything Kansas City
At Avila you’re only 15 minutes from world-class museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.
Find Your Mentor
Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.
“Avila’s Criminology & Justice Studies program was a great major. By writing papers, watching relevant media coverage, taking tests, and having structured class discussion, this program gave me a better understanding of our criminal justice system today.”Maggie Plas / ’19