About the Program
Welcome to Murray State University’s
Criminal Justice website! The Criminal Justice program is located in the
Department of Community Leadership and Human Services within the
College of Health Sciences and Human Services. Students may earn a Bachelor
of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor in Criminal
Justice. Interested students may also earn a Bachelor of Science degree
in Forensics, which is taught in the Chemistry Department in the College
of Science, Engineering and Technology, and requires a minor in Criminal
The University Studies (core curriculum) provides the necessary liberal
arts education, while the criminal justice major further develops the
student's oral, written, analytical, research, and problem-solving skills.
Students are required to complete ENG 105, and CRJ 140 with a
minimum grade of C, and they must have a 2.5 GPA to be accepted into the
major or minor. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and must earn a C or
better in all classes that count toward the major or minor. Internship
experiences are available during the junior and senior years in a variety
of agencies, including the public defender, local police agencies, Kentucky
State Police, the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, victims’
services agencies, and regional corrections agencies.
Students are encouraged to join the Criminal Justice Society. Open to all MSU students regardless of degree program. CJS is designed to build student professionalism and provide both practical and academic experiences outside the classroom. Through CJS students are able to hear from and interact with practitioners in the criminal justice field, go on trips and tours, and participate in fun and informative events, such as mock crime-scene investigations. Student leadership opportunities are also available through CJS.
The areas of expertise of Murray State’s Criminal Justice faculty
include Criminal Justice and Criminology, but also History, Economics,
and Law. Faculty members are active in the Academy of Criminal Justice
Sciences (ACJS) and the American Society of Criminology (ASC), as well
as regional associations. Each faculty member is engaged in research and
service to the university, the discipline, and the community.