College of Justice & Safety

"A Program of Distinction"

Welcome to EKU's College of Justice & Safety.  Our unique programs provide students with the opportunity to get involved in an academic field and career they can feel passionate about.  Classes are taught by academic professionals who are nationally and internationally known for their teaching, scholarship, and real-world experience. Please feel free to contact us.

The College of Justice & Safety is Eastern Kentucky University's first and only Program of Distinction, designated as such by the Council on Post-Secondary Education in 1998.  POD funding has allowed college growth through the development of degree programs and upgraded building/classroom spaces and technology. 

Our College offers unique degree programs and has a reputation for being on the frontline of learning and research in the fields of justice and safety. It is organized into two schools - The School of Justice Studies and the School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management. 

School of Justice Studies

The School of Justice Studies houses one of the largest undergraduate programs at EKU offering majors in Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Social Justice Studies and Corrections & Juvenile Justice Studies.

Safety, Security & Emergency Management (SSEM)

Since its inception in the early 1970’s the programs in the School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management have been the first choice for students from across the nation and around the globe to prepare them for professional positions as paramedics, industrial safety managers, firefighters, fire inspectors, fire officers, fire protection engineering technologists, fire investigators, bombing scene investigators, private security professionals, risk managers, building code officials, and a wide variety of homeland security and emergency management positions. 

SSEM programs contribute significantly to the diversity of the student population with a considerable percentage of all EKU international students enrolled in fire protection, occupational safety or emergency medical care.