About the College of Justice & Safety

The College of Justice and Safety was designated a Program of Distinction by the Council for Post-Secondary Education in 1998.

As a result of POD funding, the College has developed specific initiatives to enhance the educational experience for students that have contributed to a 350% increase in enrollment over the last 13 years.

·  Rolled out EKU’s first online degree programs in the fall of 2006 and reinvested the funds generated into additional online programs.

·  Created the popular Institute of Social Intelligence and Leadership to provide the essential elements of success for students in all programs at the University.   

·  Developed new degree programs - Homeland Security, Arson & Explosives Investigations and Occupational Safety - that enroll hundreds of new students.

·  Secured grants that now amount to over $30,000,000 annually.

Many of the textbooks used in justice and safety disciplines worldwide are authored by CJ&S faculty - several of whom have been named Fulbright and Rhodes scholars and received Golden Apple Teaching awards.

An EKU honors student from SS&EM was the first EKU student to become a Fulbright Scholar. 

Because of its growth, the College is now organized into two schools - The School of Justice Studies and the School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management.

The School of Justice Studies

The School of Justice Studies is the largest undergraduate program at EKU with more than 800 majors and more than 1,200 students, offering majors in Criminal Justice, Police Studies and Corrections.

The School aspires to create a doctoral program that can provide our students with the highest level of training and the faculty believes that providing students with the most current knowledge in the field prepares them to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex, technologically advanced and diverse society.

School of Safety, Security & Emergency Management

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. 

SS&EM programs contribute significantly to the diversity of the student population with 48% of all EKU international students enrolled in fire protection, occupational safety or emergency medical care.