All Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) undergraduate students in CCJ are encouraged to regularly take advantage of academic advising. Academic advisors provide assistance to CCJ undergraduate majors and minors and post-baccalaureate students, with a wide range of issues related to general university requirements, University Studies, bachelor's degree requirements, CCJ course requirements, community college transfers, graduation requirements, and general program information.
Students may request a faculty advisor for issues like career advice within the CCJ field and on pursuing a graduate education. Getting to know a faculty advisor is also a great idea when the time comes to request a letter of recommendation. For tips on getting the best possible letter, click here: How to Obtain References and Letters of Recommendation.
Getting Help with Course Selection & Degree Requirements
The CCJ Division undergraduate degree requirements for its major, minor and post-baccalaureate certificate are provided here. PSU provides students access to the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) which is a valuable tool for tracking course requirements. DARS shows your completed courses, including transfer courses accepted to PSU and what you still need to complete prior to graduation.
For this tool to assist you in tracking CCJ requirements, you must officially declare CCJ as your major (or minor) with PSU. This an official process and you should do it as soon as you decide on CCJ or decide to switch from another major to CCJ. Click here for instructions on how to officially declare or change your major/minor at PSU. Note: CCJ-Online students are automatically declared as majors upon admission to the fully online program.
To run your DARS report, go to the PSU Information System and select "DARS-Degree Audit Reporting System" from the Student Services tab. Be aware, DARS is very helpful but is an unofficial advising tool so you need to check in with your academic advisor as well. To learn more about obtaining a DARS report for CCJ majors and how to read a DARS report specifically for CCJ requirements, see the following tutorials:
Getting Connected with Your Advisor
CCJ – On Campus Program Students: The Advising Center for the College of Urban and Public Affairs provides advising for CCJ - Campus students. Your professional academic adviser is Elizabeth Benner (firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-725-9202). The advising center is located in the Urban Center building, URBN 540, next to the CCJ offices. To schedule an appointment with Elizabeth, please visit: https://benner.youcanbook.me/
Please see the CCJO Advising Center Website for more information.