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From the Director, Dr. Michael Birzer

Welcome to the School of Community Affairs at Wichita State University!

We are housed in the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We offer the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science
  • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Field studies major in Ethnic Studies

We the faculty and staff of the School of Community Affairs consider ourselves to be distinctive when compared to other departments and programs in the larger Kansas Board of Reagents system. How are we distinctive? For starters, we house the Regional Community Policing Training Institute which is the only one its kind in the State of Kansas serving law enforcement agencies across Kansas and Nebraska. We also house the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute. We offer the only Bachelors Degree in Forensic Science  in the State of Kansas. The Criminal Justice program has a long, rich history, being one of the oldest in the United States, and founded by the renowned Police Chief O.W. Wilson.

Finally, Wichita State is located in Kansas' largest city, which makes us the state's only major research university in a metropolitan area. This is a clear advantage for our students because it creates a host of internship opportunities in some of the state's largest criminal justice organizations. In many cases, these internship opportunities lead to meaningful employment upon graduation.

Through our degree programs and institutes, we seek to integrate academic and professional disciplines to enhance effective citizenship and contribute to the civic development of the community. Our faculty and staff provide a unique combination of teaching, research, and service-oriented resources.

As THINKERS we are always seeking out the most state of the art methods to effectively facilitate the teaching-learning transaction. As DOERS we are committed to serving our students with excellence. As MOVERS whether it is through our evolving online courses, or the traditional classroom meetings, or abundant internship opportunities, we have much to offer. If you strive to be a SHOCKER, please take a strong look at the wonderful academic programs available in the School of Community Affairs. Browse our website so you can see firsthand what we have to offer.


Michael Birzer, Director
School of Community Affairs

Professor, Criminal Justice