Interesting Classes Offered

Gangs and Cults - Examine the historical and contemporary issues of gangs and cults in the United States including gang and cult recruitment, subculture, beliefs, activities, signs and symbols.

Juvenile Delinquency - In this course students examine the field of juvenile delinquency and status offenders including such issues as why one becomes delinquent, families, schools and the juvenile court system.

Advanced Criminology & Profiling – A course designed to use a case study approach to applying theory to the practice of criminology. The case histories of some infamous and not-so-infamous criminals’ will be examined for the purpose of applying criminological theory. Students will come to understand the relative causes of those individuals criminality.

Alcoholism and Substance Abuse - Explore the role and extent of use of alcohol/chemicals in our society.

Faculty Spotlight

Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2015 after teaching criminal justice for more than nine years, including as assistant professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice...Read more

Alumni Spotlight

Hali Brook
International Worker with Remember Nhu in Bolivia
I graduated from Ashland University in 2013 with a double major in Criminal Justice and Religion and a minor in Spanish. While at AU, I had the privilege of...Read more

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Criminal Justice Online

Begin by earning your Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice 100% online. Our online criminal justice program is designed to fit your individual lifestyle with no required login times. Move ahead in your career without putting your life on hold.

Department Info

On Campus Program
221 Kettering Science Building

Online Program
Dr. Mark Rubin

Help make the world a safer place

As a criminal justice major at Ashland University you will not only explore a fascinating curriculum that is highly relevant today, but you will take part in field experiences that give you in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system, investigation methods, the courts and correctional facilities.

What You’ll Love About the Criminal Justice Program:

In the past 3 years, over 60% of CJ graduates had completed at least one elective field experience with 45% of those participating in more than one.

100% of the CJ majors who attended the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) in Dayton, OH recommend upper class students interested in the Intelligence Community to participate.  Eligible students are sponsored for a top-secret security clearance and students work with real world criminal justice cases that are worked in conjunction with local, state and Federal law enforcement.

Criminal Justice graduates now serve the public good in a variety of capacities, including:  Chief of Police, US Marshal, Ohio State Highway Patrol Officer, working in the Cleveland Police Department Crime Lab, Homeland Security Officer, both adult and juvenile probation, and Intelligence Analyst at the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

Students can graduate with a BS in Criminal Justice in 3 years while still including a minor of their choice.  Students also have the opportunity to graduate with two majors or multiple minors all within 4 years.

The Ohio Council on Criminal Justice Education (OCCJE) Board has 2 student members:  One undergraduate and one graduate.  Ashland University students have served as the one undergraduate board member for 3 of the last 5 years.

All Ashland University faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice have professional experience in the criminal justice field.

Criminal Justice Blog

AU Grad Accepted into Master's Program

Brandon Ehlinger, a Criminal Justice graduate (Dec 2017), has been admitted to the graduate program in sociology, at Bowling Green. Read more

Common Pleas Judges Visit AU Campus

Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel, of the Common Pleas Court, took time to come speak to Ashland University Students interested in the legal field. The Judges… Read more

Recently Published Research by Dr. Allyson Drinkard

Dr. Allyson Drinkard, assistant professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology, has published an article in the Journal of Criminal Justice Education. This research explores the benefits of… Read more

In Their Own Words

See what people are saying about our programs.
Melissa Smith
In my years in the Criminal Justice Department at Ashland, I’ve found the classes and professors to be great! There are a variety of course options that allow you to see different facets of the criminal justice world. Not only are there many course options, but also the professors bring a lot... more
Melissa Smith
Dan Medvetz
The professors in the criminal justice program at Ashland are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. In almost every criminal justice class that I have been in professors have brought in speakers from different fields of criminal justice. I feel the criminal justice program at Ashland has... more
Dan Medvetz
Allie Spain
In my years here at Ashland, I have continuously enjoyed the criminal justice courses that I have taken. I find them to be engaging and full of relevant and up to date information that have prepared me for my future in this field. The professors in this program are encouraging and have taken... more
Allie Spain
Jalessa Brown
The professors all have worked in the field and can give us a real life scenario that backs up the textbook or the concept they are teaching. I'd recommend the Ashland University criminal justice program to any student considering criminal justice.
Jalessa Brown
Frank Whitaker
The criminal justice program has given me more than I could ever imagine. The professors are well versed in the subject and each of them has a plethora of experience that allows for a learning environment that is second to none.
Frank Whitaker
Amelia Rogers
I found the criminal justice department at Ashland University to be an excellent program. The professors are outstanding sources of information because they all have extensive experience in the field. They also have the ability to provide exceptional internships and employment opportunities.
Amelia Rogers
Jordan Spelman
My experiences at Ashland University gave me not only education in the criminal justice field but also real life experience. I enjoyed so many of the CJ classes. I also liked the fact that each student had a CJ professor as their faculty advisor to help guide them through the program.
Jordan Spelman