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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology & Criminal Justice focuses on the causes, consequences, prevention, and control of criminal activity. It emphasizes the practical application of research evidence to real world crime problems.

The goal of the Criminology & Criminal Justice Division is to produce engaged students and high quality, policy-relevant research.

CCJ offers one of the most popular undergraduate majors at PSU. It brings together students with diverse backgrounds who are interested in taking what they learn about crime and justice back to their communities.

CCJ program graduates are highly competitive candidates for jobs in local, state, and federal law enforcement; probation and parole; corrections; non-profit social services; security; public service; and for top law and graduate schools. CCJ has over 100 established internship placement agencies and between 20-25% of graduating CCJ seniors are offered a paying position by their internship agency alone.  CCJ students also have opportunities to develop real world crime analysis skills by working with faculty on CCJ's Portland Crime website.

Undergraduate Flexible Campus and Fully Online Programs

Undergraduates and post-baccalaureate students can complete their bachelor's degree online or through the CCJ flexible campus program — both feature the same coursework and accomplished faculty — to ensure consistent quality, on-time degree completion, and career-readiness. Students in the nationally-ranked criminology & criminal justice online bachelor's  and certificate programs are not required to visit campus or “attend” online courses during specific hours.

Graduate Program

CCJ offers a Master of Science degree designed to provide students a broad-based understanding of the criminal justice system and society’s response to crime. Graduate students have a high degree of flexibility to tailor their study to advance their individual professional and academic goals. Many CCJ graduate students take advantage of the opportunity to work with faculty on their research within the nationally-recognized Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute and develop highly sought-after crime analysis skills working on the Portland Crime Data website.