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Explore Criminology & Criminal Justice! The CCJ Department offers a variety of degrees and certificates at the undergraduate and graduate level including some programs that are fully online.

Welcome to the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Portland State University!

Criminology & Criminal Justice (CCJ) is one of the most popular majors at Portland State University. The department brings together people who are interested in a) studying the causes, prevention, and control of criminal behavior and b) promoting efficiency, effectiveness, and equity at all levels of the criminal justice system. We value empirical inquiry, access to higher education, diversity, social justice, and community engagement.

Students graduating from our programs leave equipped with extensive knowledge about the criminal justice system and criminological theory, as well as high-quality analytic, problem-solving, and communication skills that prepare them for lifelong professional success. 

Explore our academic programs, faculty, and career opportunities in criminal justice to learn more.