Criminology Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Criminal Justice

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Become a top criminal justice professional with specialized knowledge and in-demand skills

If you want in-depth study in criminology, California University of Pennsylvania can provide you with a strong foundation in this specialized field. Choose Cal U's comprehensive, nationally ranked and widely respected bachelor's degree program in criminal justice with a concentration in criminology.

In the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program, you'll learn from faculty scholars and skilled professionals with extensive career experience. Their goal is to introduce you to the major functions and operations of the criminal justice field and examine criminal behavior in the field of criminology. Cal U offers four other concentrations within the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree program:

Gain a career advantage with Cal U's highly ranked, hands-on program.

In 2016, ranked Cal U's B.S. in Criminal Justice at #18 in Best Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice Degree Programs.

The B.S. in Criminal Justice program at Cal U brings together liberal arts and professional courses to develop students' critical thinking and communication skills. You'll be well-prepared to pursue leadership positions in justice-related professions; the B.S. in Criminal Justice also is an excellent foundation for law or graduate school.

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PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Criminal Justice  

Concentration:  Your curriculum for the criminology concentration includes such courses as Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime, Victimology, Sex Crimes and Predators, Criminological Theories, and more. Criminology courses focus on the study of crimes, criminals, causes of criminal behavior and victimization issues. Learn how the classical, psychological, sociological, economic, biological and political theories of crime explain criminal behavior, and understand the impact of these theories on the work of the criminal justice system.

Solid foundation: The criminal justice curriculum consists of a required core of 11 courses that are based on the six content areas identified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences: administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement, and research and analytic methods. The B.S. in Criminal Justice program is unrivaled in Pennsylvania, providing a comprehensive, methodical review of major justice functions and operations.

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in criminal justice, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U helps you prepare for the professional world by developing the latest knowledge and skills. You learn with a dedicated, qualified faculty with top academic and professional credentials. Our criminal justice program also offers hands-on experience in our forensic labs and forensic computer investigation labs. Through the Career and Professional Development Center, students get connected to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits. 

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Graduate Outcomes

Earning your bachelor's degree in criminal justice equips you with the education, skills and training to fulfill your individual and career goals. With the help of highly qualified professors who have strong professional contacts, criminal justice students get access to valuable internships. Cal U criminal justice graduates go on to positions in: Courts and law offices. Correctional institutions. Probation and parole offices. Juvenile justice agencies. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Emerging fields of forensic science, electronic fraud and white-collar crime.

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Qualified Faculty

The criminal justice program is led by highly qualified and dedicated full-time professors who hold the highest degrees in their fields (J.D., Ph.D. and other doctoral degrees), and have solid professional experience. Many of our faculty members are also part of the team for the Pennsylvania Institute of Criminological and Forensic Sciences, which provides an array of investigative consulting activities along with professional training programs for police officers, detectives, district attorneys, public defenders and others involved in the administration of justice

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Professional Connection

Cal U is attuned to professional standards through faculty who are members of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. ACJS is an international association established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.

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Student Resources

You'll have the opportunity to enhance your academic study in criminal justice at Cal U by joining Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national criminal justice association. LAE introduces students to the criminal justice system and to employment opportunities, and it also offers excellent networking with practitioner members. Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society for criminal justice majors. The society recognizes scholastic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in criminal justice.


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Example Courses
  • Introduction To Justice Studies

  • Correctional Systems

  • Introduction To Law Enforcement

  • Juvenile Justice

  • Court Systems

  • Criminal Law

  • Criminal Procedure

  • Leadershis And Ethics

  • Research Methods In Justice Studies

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B.S., Criminal Justice Concentration and Minors

  •  Minor in criminal justice

    Take two required courses (6 credits) plus five Justice electives (15 credits)

  • Minor in forensic science

    Take four required courses (12 credits) plus three Justice electives (9 credits)


Criminal Justice Faculty

Dr. Aref M. Al-Khattar

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Dr. John R. Cencich
Professor and Director of the Pennsylvania Center for Investigative and Forensic Sciences and Director of Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

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Dr. Robert Clark
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Dr. Raymond J. Hsieh
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Dr. Michael Hummel

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Gary William Jones
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Michael Machen
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Richard Mullen

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Dr. Hans Mumm

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Kenneth Noble
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Patrick Picciarelli
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Dr. Nikolas Roberts
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Beverly Ross
Assistant Professor and Director of the Serene Leadership Institute at Cal U

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Dr. Mathilda Spencer
Assistant Professor
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Julie Warnick
Department Chair and Assistant Professor

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Dr. Christopher Wydra
Assistant Professor; Program Coordinator, B.S. Criminal Justice, Homeland and International Security Concentration (Online)
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