Contact Us

On-Campus Program

Pauline Bogner
Administrative Assistant
170T Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4967
pbogner@ashland.edu

Online Program

Dr. Mark Rubin
419.289.5657
mrubin3@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochure, Course Rotation & Four-Year Guide

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Criminal Justice Four-Year Guide

Department News

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 discussed the types of cases they see, the different divisions of the common pleas court, the differences between trial and appellate court systems and the importance of being informed when electing judges.
Judge Vercillo discussed his role as the Juvenile and Probate Court Judge, including the different types of cases that occur in each court. Probate Court cases typically involve estates, guardianships, trust cases, name changes, marriage licenses, and things of that nature. Juvenile Court involves cases with anyone under the age of 18. These cases can involve anything from neglect and abuse cases, to juvenile offender and criminal cases.
Judge Forsthoefel, on the other hand, oversees the General Division and Domestic relations dockets. The General Division involves civil cases (malpractice, property disputes, real estate titles, workers compensation, etc.) as well as well as the felony cases. The Domestic Relations Docket involves all disputes between married families (divorce, child support, custody, civil protection orders, etc.).
Both Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel agreed that being a judge is a very demanding job, but it is ultimately very rewarding. Special thanks to both Judges for taking the time to come speak.
...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 service-learning among a group of Midwestern college students. Students enrolled in a section of a Juvenile Delinquency course served as volunteers at a juvenile detention facility and were studied using a pre-test/post-test survey design. This pilot project also included a comparison group of students in a section of the course which did not involve service-learning. 
The study compared service-learning to non-service-learning students in terms of attitudes regarding juvenile delinquency, punishment, and attributions of criminal behavior. We also examined any possible effects of service-learning on student academic skills, career goals and comfort level with delinquents. Overall, we found that the service-learning project was a valuable educational tool having a positive impact on a number of student outcomes. We discuss the implications of these findings for service-learning research and practice....Read more

Ashland University's Marc Hedrick quoted in WalletHub Article


Criminal Justice Professional Instructor and Field Experience Coordinator Marc Hedrick was quoted in a WalletHub article about the most sinful states in America.

The article by Hedrick addresses a number of questions, including "What makes some states more sinful than others?"; "Should sport betting be legalized across the U.S. by the federal government?"; 'What are the most efficient measures that federal and state authorities can utilize to curb the obesity epidemic and is something like the 'soda tax' a valid approach?"; and "How can federal authorities combat human trafficking and is legalizing prostitution a good idea?"

You can see the article at -

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-states/46852/#marc-hedrick
...Read more

Contact Us

Contact Us

On-Campus Program

Pauline Bogner
Administrative Assistant
170T Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4967
pbogner@ashland.edu

Online Program

Dr. Mark Rubin
419.289.5657
mrubin3@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochure, Course Rotation & Four-Year Guide

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Criminal Justice Four-Year Guide

Department News

Department News

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 discussed the types of cases they see, the different divisions of the common pleas court, the differences between trial and appellate court systems and the importance of being informed when electing judges.
Judge Vercillo discussed his role as the Juvenile and Probate Court Judge, including the different types of cases that occur in each court. Probate Court cases typically involve estates, guardianships, trust cases, name changes, marriage licenses, and things of that nature. Juvenile Court involves cases with anyone under the age of 18. These cases can involve anything from neglect and abuse cases, to juvenile offender and criminal cases.
Judge Forsthoefel, on the other hand, oversees the General Division and Domestic relations dockets. The General Division involves civil cases (malpractice, property disputes, real estate titles, workers compensation, etc.) as well as well as the felony cases. The Domestic Relations Docket involves all disputes between married families (divorce, child support, custody, civil protection orders, etc.).
Both Judges Vercillo and Forsthoefel agreed that being a judge is a very demanding job, but it is ultimately very rewarding. Special thanks to both Judges for taking the time to come speak.
...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 service-learning among a group of Midwestern college students. Students enrolled in a section of a Juvenile Delinquency course served as volunteers at a juvenile detention facility and were studied using a pre-test/post-test survey design. This pilot project also included a comparison group of students in a section of the course which did not involve service-learning. 
The study compared service-learning to non-service-learning students in terms of attitudes regarding juvenile delinquency, punishment, and attributions of criminal behavior. We also examined any possible effects of service-learning on student academic skills, career goals and comfort level with delinquents. Overall, we found that the service-learning project was a valuable educational tool having a positive impact on a number of student outcomes. We discuss the implications of these findings for service-learning research and practice....Read more

Ashland University's Marc Hedrick quoted in WalletHub Article


Criminal Justice Professional Instructor and Field Experience Coordinator Marc Hedrick was quoted in a WalletHub article about the most sinful states in America.

The article by Hedrick addresses a number of questions, including "What makes some states more sinful than others?"; "Should sport betting be legalized across the U.S. by the federal government?"; 'What are the most efficient measures that federal and state authorities can utilize to curb the obesity epidemic and is something like the 'soda tax' a valid approach?"; and "How can federal authorities combat human trafficking and is legalizing prostitution a good idea?"

You can see the article at -

https://wallethub.com/edu/most-sinful-states/46852/#marc-hedrick
...Read more

What Can I do With a Major in Criminal Justice?

Possible Career Occupations

(Note: not all criminal justice occupations are listed. Some career options may require additional study. Some of our Graduates go on to graduate school or law school.)

Federal Occupations:

  • Department of Homeland Security (Border Patrol, Customs)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Federal Police Officer
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Secret Service Officer and Secret Service Investigator
  • Drug Enforcement Agency 
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent
  • Department of Transportation
  • Office of Inspector General
  • Internal Revenue Service Special Agent
  • U.S. Secret Service Uniform Division
  • U.S. Postal Inspector Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Transportation Security Administration Office of Law Enforcement 

State Occupations:

  • State Highway Patrol or State Police
  • Crime Labs
  • Victim-Offender Advocate Programs
  • Attorney General’s Office, Narcotics, Organized Crime, Bur of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Enforcement Officer
  • State Watercraft Officer
  • State Liquor Control
  • College Security
  • Worker’s Compensation

Local Occupations:

Policing in Municipal, Village, Township, County Sheriff’s Departments, and Park Police Departments

Correctional Occupations:

  • Federal, State, County, or Municipal Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Probation and also Detention Centers
  • State Parole Officer
  • State Victim-Witness Assistant
  • Federal or State Prisons (Officer, Case Management, Unit Supervisor)

Private Sector Law Enforcement:

  • Retail Loss Prevention and Corporate Security
  • Insurance Companies
  • Private Detective
  • Hospital Police or Security
  • Security Patrol Officers

United States Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics

Checking with the United States Department of Labor; Bureau of Labor Statistics on September 24, 2010 the following information was discovered in their “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition” regarding employment in the following fields.

Police & Detectives: Job opportunities in most local police departments will be favorable for qualified individuals whereas competition is expected for jobs in State and Federal agencies. Employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 10 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.

Correctional Officers: Employment growth is expected to be fast as the average for all occupations, and job opportunities are expected to be favorable. Employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 9 percent over the 2008-2018 decade.

Private Detectives and Investigators: Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 22 percent over the 2008-2018 decade much faster than the average for all other occupations.

Criminal Justice Career Outlook

One of the most appealing things about a degree in criminal justice is how versitile it is.   Not only does it open doors for a career in local, state, or federal law enforcement, there are oppotunities for careers in corrections, forensics, probation and parole, and the private sector in security and cybersecurity.  Job growth of 4 percent is in the area of law enforcement alone is anticipated between 2014 and 2024.  Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree, especially those with experience, are the most likely to be hired by federal agencies. Learn More!

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