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Criminology & Criminal Justice

A national leader in policy research and a trusted partner of local law enforcement, CCJ offers innovative, engaging instruction for safer communities.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) major is one of the most popular Bachelor’s degrees at PSU, and with award-winning faculty and an option to complete the degree completely online, it’s easy to understand why. In addition to the undergraduate major, CCJ offers an undergraduate minor, certificate program for post-baccalaureate professionals, and a flexible graduate program with research opportunities at CCJ’s nationally recognized Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute.

Founded in 1949 to support police officers’ training and development, Portland State’s Criminology and Criminal Justice division today continues to emphasize the practical application of knowledge to address real-world crime problems. CCJ students explore the causes, consequences, prevention, and control of criminal activity, and do so both within the classroom and beyond.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice division draws from its physical location in the urban core of downtown Portland and its academic home in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government within PSU’s College of Urban & Public Affairs to provide students with rich opportunities for community engagement and multi-disciplinary study.

Following graduation, CCJ alumni are highly competitive candidates for a variety of careers, including: local, state, and federal law enforcement; probation and parole; corrections; non-profit social services; security; public service; crime analysis; and computer forensics.