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Undergraduate and Postbaccalaureate Program

Criminology and Criminal Justice Division

The Division of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) is designed for students who are interested in studying the causes, prevention, and control of criminal activity. The division's curriculum provides students with a broad base of knowledge about crime, criminals, victims, and the criminal justice system. This includes coverage of theories, programs and research on crime prevention, policing, courts, and corrections within the context of sustainable communities. Examination of these issues occurs at individual, community, and societal levels. Moreover, the curriculum is designed to foster student skills in critical reasoning, problem solving, and written and oral communication.

Criminology and criminal justice is an interdisciplinary major, a fact demonstrated by the diverse backgrounds of our full-time and adjunct faculty specialists. Students majoring in CCJ have a wide range of choices when they look for employment or post-graduate education. 

Reflecting the philosophy of the university as a whole, the Division emphasizes the importance of diversity, ethical treatment, and involvement in the community. CCJ students are provided with many opportunities to apply what they have learned in the classroom to community settings.

Students in CCJ courses have the opportunity to learn about and debate some of the most controversial issues facing our nation. Are people born deviant or do they become deviant through environmental influences? Are minorities treated fairly in the criminal justice system? Should we "get tough on crime" or does this lead to tougher offenders? Does the death penalty deter crime? Is plea bargaining corrupting our judicial system? Can serious crime be prevented by mobilizing neighborhoods, redesigning cities, and creating sustainable communities? Do gun control measures reduce gun crime?

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the Division's on campus program requires only general admission to the University. Admission to the Division's fully online program, requires an additional application process.

CCJ Bachelor's Degree Requirements (B.A./B.S.):

The requirements below became effective Fall 2004. 

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, students who major in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) must complete core and elective courses within the division. Some of these courses have prerequisites, and students should read course descriptions in the current PSU Bulletin before registration. In consultation with a CCJ advisor, students can apply up to 20 credits from a regionally accredited college toward the CCJ major requirements.

All courses submitted to satisfy major requirements, whether taken at PSU or elsewhere, must be passed with a grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) or above. A course grade of C- (1.67) does not satisfy this requirement. Course taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted. The CCJ degree requirements are:

CCJ 200 Criminology and Criminal Justice 4
CCJ 230 Policing in America 4
CCJ 240 Punishment and Corrections 4
CCJ 310 American Courts 4
CCJ 320 Theories of Crime 4
CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies 4
CCJ 340 Crime Analysis 4
CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research 4
CCJ 404 Cooperative Education/Internship 8
CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning 4
Total CCJ Core Courses 44

 
Total CCJ elective credits (minimum of 16 credits at or above 300-level) 24


Total major requirements 68

 

Minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students who minor in CCJ must complete core and elective courses within the division. Some courses have prerequisites, and students should read course descriptions in the current PSU Bulletin before registration. All courses submitted to satisfy the requirements for a minor, whether taken at PSU or elsewhere, must be passed with a grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) or above. A course grade of C- (1.67) does not satisfy this requirement. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted. The CCJ degree requirements for a minor are:

Choose 1 course from list below 4

CCJ 230 Policing in America

CCJ 240 Punishment and Corrections
CCJ 310 American Courts
 
Take all of the following courses: 28

CCJ 200 Criminology and Criminal Justice

CCJ 320 Theopries of Crime

CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies

 

A total of 16 CCJ elective credits (minimum of 8 credits at or above 300-level)

Total minor credit requirements 32

 

Postbaccalaureate certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice

To earn a postbaccalaureate certificate in CCJ, students must complete core and elective courses within the division. Some courses have prerequisites, and students should read course descriptions in the current PSU Bulletin before registration. All courses submitted to satisfy these requirements for a major, whether taken at PSU or elsewhere, must be passed with a grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) or above. A course grade of C- (1.67) does not satisfy this requirement.  Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted. The requirements for a postbaccalaureate certificate are:

Choose 2 courses from list below  

CCJ 230 Policing in America

CCJ 240 Punishment and Corrections

CCJ 310 American Courts

8
Take all of the following: 32

CCJ 200 Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCJ 320 Theories of Crime
CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies
CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research
CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning

 
A total of 12 CCJ elective credits (minimum of 8 credits at or above 300-level)
Total 40

 

Upcoming Term Course Listings


CCJ Division - On Campus program: Currently available courses are provided in the University's Schedule of Classes. Enroll by using the university wide system. Academic advising is available by appointment to assist students with course selection.

 

CCJ Division - Fully Online program: Course listings for CCJ's fully online program are not listed in the University's Schedule of Classes. The full list of upcoming courses is sent directly to enrolled students in advance of registration.  Students should register with the assistance of their CCJ - Online program advisor.