With a military background and a desire to continue serving his country, Dustin Edmiston sought an undergraduate program that would provide him the opportunity for a career that combines his love for the United States with his passion for keeping it safe. Radford University’s renowned criminal justice program was the obvious choice.
The criminal justice program is one of the most popular majors at Radford. Its 500 undergraduate students study under 11 full-time faculty, who are recognized nationally for their teaching, research and service. The program’s interdisciplinary approach has prepared thousands of alumni for careers in local, state and federal criminal justice agencies.
“The criminal justice program has provided me with an abundance of opportunities to meet and talk with professionals already serving in fields ranging from local law enforcement to federal agencies,” he said. “I'm not just learning the language of a job here, I'm learning how to apply the knowledge that I've gained to real-world situations. Classes and assignments are presented and graded in a way that truly evaluates your skill and understanding.”
In addition to the renowned faculty and engaging class material, Edmiston also appreciates the small class sizes at Radford University.
“The smaller class size has given me the opportunity to get to know the other students and has made the professors much more accessible,” he said. “Networking with others has more effectively improved my knowledge and understanding of subjects and lessons on a more individual and applicable level.”
Edmiston currently serves as a soldier in the Army Reserve under the United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, and previously served four years on active duty stationed in other parts of the country.
“A degree in criminal justice was the best decision for me after my service. It will make it possible for me to work face to face with a population, global or local, in a way that will allow me to help make life better for the people around me. My military background gave me experiences to deal with a variety of cultures, customs, people and situations that I feel will overlap with any area within the field of criminal justice. Being able to communicate with people, despite language barriers and cultural differences, helps establish a compassion and understanding that everyone benefits from,” he said.
After graduation, Edmiston hopes to find a career that allows him to work internationally.