Criminology and 司法研究

The Criminology and 司法研究 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 eng年龄d 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.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Graduate with the knowledge that the work you’ll be doing in the field will help improve communities and society.
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Are you interested in criminology and justice studies?

Avila Criminology and 司法研究 graduates are prepared to pursue careers in:

  • Law Enforcement — Federal, State or Local
  • 修正 — Prisons and jails, probation and parole
  • Juveniles — 修正, probation, and parole, working with child victims of abuse/neglect
  • Victim Services — Domestic violence, shelters, rape crisis centers
Avila Criminology and 司法研究 graduates choose to work at:
  • Jackson County Children’s Division
  • Kansas City, Missouri 警察 Department
  • MOCSA – Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault
  • Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
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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 involving: 

  • 警察
    • Missouri State Highway Patrol
    • Prairie Vill年龄 警察 Department
    • Leawood 警察 Department
  • 安全
    • Securitas
    • 泰坦安全
    • Vill年龄 of Loch Loyd
  • 避难所
    • Benilde大厅
    • Adult Residential Center
    • Journey to New Life
  • Victim Assistance
    • 科里的网络
    • MOCSA
    • Jackson City No Violence Alliance
  • 法院
    • 毒品法庭
    • Jackson County Children’s Division
    • Jackson County Intensive Supervision
  • 心理健康
    • KCPD
    • DeafLead
  • 修正
    • Missouri Department of 修正

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, 辅导, and access to 50,000+ books and millions of articles await you.

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Guaranteed Research Opportunity

All first-year undergraduate students in all majors are guaranteed an internship or research experience.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila you’re only 15 minutes from world-class museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture, 商务, 和行业.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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Criminology and Social Justice major Maggie Plas

“Avila’s Criminology & 司法研究 program was a great major. By writing papers, watching relevant media cover年龄, 考试, and having structured class discussion, this program gave me a better understanding of our criminal justice system today.”

Maggie Plas / ’19


Avila University Department of Criminology & 司法研究O 'Rielly Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3793

Dr. K·瑞安·普罗克特, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology
P: 816-501-3739 / E: kristopher.普洛克特


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