The Department of Criminal Justice
Society depends on criminal justice professionals to help protect and promote the common good. The Department of Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University will prepare you for a rewarding career in law enforcement, corrections, or the legal system. Learn the theory behind criminal justice practices while customizing your degree program to suit your interests. Get hands-on experience and a global perspective highly valued by future employers.
Criminal Justice at FHSU: Forward thinking. World ready.
We challenge students to master crucial roles in a criminal justice system that must adapt to rapidly accelerating change—at the local, state, national, and global level.
You’ll develop skills and qualities like these:
- An understanding of the nature of crime and the agencies and processes that work against it
- Knowledge about principles that form the nation's approach to crime and the discretion needed for dealing with different cases
- The ability to think critically and solve problems
- The ability to communicate well, verbally and in writing
FHSU Criminal Justice graduates lead as well as serve, and they perform with competence, innovation, and integrity. The quality of protection and security tomorrow begins with purposeful preparation today.
Justice Studies B.S.
"What I love most about the Justice Studies Department at FHSU are the outstanding professors." Read More
Katie Powell (2013)
Intensive Supervision Officer I
Central Kansas Community Corrections
Great Bend, KS
“FHSU allowed me to get an education that was affordable and steered me into the right direction of success." Read More
Jeffrey James (2013)
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
United States Secret Service
"My advisor, Dr. Raacke, was an invaluable asset to me." Read More
Lyle Hammerschmidt (2010)
Rush County Sheriff’s Department
La Crosse, KS
“At FHSU, I was very involved in Defensive Tactics Club, where I learned control tactics, self-defense, take-downs and handcuffing." Read More
Michaela Krueger (2011)
Asset Protection Manager
“In addition to learning all about criminal justice, my education at FHSU taught me things I couldn’t learn in books.” Read More