Campus Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

PSU Urban Center


Program Description

Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) is an interdisciplinary social science devoted to the study of the crime causation and crime control (Criminology) along with the operations of the legal system (Criminal Justice). Our campus-based bachelor’s degree program provides students with a broad base of knowledge about crime, offenders, victims, and the justice system. This includes coverage of criminological theories, research on crime prevention and crime control policy, and current practices in policing, courts, and corrections. Examination of these issues occurs at individual, community, and societal levels. Through our curriculum we foster skills in critical reasoning, problem solving, and written and oral communication.

Degree Requirements

Students majoring in CCJ complete courses in three distinct categories (this is in addition to meeting general University requirements):

Required Courses (36 credit hours)

These courses provide students with foundational knowledge and skills that are needed for employment in criminal justice, work in related disciplines, and for the pursuit advanced degrees in the social sciences, human services, or the law.

  • CCJ 200 Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 230 Policing in America
  • CCJ 240 Punishment and Corrections
  • CCJ 310 American Courts
  • CCJ 320 Theories of Crime
  • CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies
  • CCJ 340 Crime Analysis
  • CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research
  • CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning

Elective Courses (24 credit hours)

The CCJ department offers a wide range of elective courses each year that allow students to tailor their degree to meet particular interests or career aspirations. A maximum of 8 of the 24 credits can be taken at the lower division level (100- or 200-level course).  The remainder (16 credits) must be upper division CCJ elective courses (300- or 400-level). 

Internship (CCJ 404, 8 credit hours)

CCJ’s internship program provides students an opportunity to experience the working environment of a criminal justice agency, to explore career options, and to develop relationships with professionals in the field (learn more about the benefits of an internship). Additional information about the Internship is provided below.

The bachelor's degree in CCJ requires 68 total credits in CCJ coursework. All classes used to satisfy CCJ major requirements, whether taken at PSU or elsewhere, must be passed with a grade of "C" (2.00 GPA) or above. In consultation with a CCJ advisor, students can transfer up to 20 credits from a regionally accredited college or university toward the CCJ major requirements (link to transfer below).

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Internship Program

The CCJ 404 Internship course is only available to criminology and criminal justice majors who have achieved senior status (135+ credit hours). Students volunteer 200 hours at an approved internship site over a ten-week academic quarter. In addition, there is a required classroom component with meetings at the start and near the end of the academic term.

With prior approval from CCJ internship coordinator and agency supervisor, students may begin their internship hours up to one term prior to when they formally enroll in the CCJ 404 course as long as the student has achieved senior status by the term of enrollment. Volunteer or paid internship hours accrued earlier than one term prior to when the student enrolls in the Internship course cannot be counted toward the student’s required 200 hours.

Please note: Some agencies also require that prospective interns apply up to two terms prior to the start of their internship course and/or serve lengthier commitments (i.e., > 3 months) or more hours. To better understand the goals of an internship and to maximize the largest number of internship opportunities for students, the CCJ Internship Program recommends reviewing the “Steps to Obtaining an Internship” and watching the “Why do an Internship” and “Finding the Right Internship” videos below before beginning the research process.

Review the Steps to Obtaining an Internship (PDF) 

Why do an Internship? 

Finding the Right Internship Experience.


The curriculum is largely delivered via in-person classes on PSU’s campus. Some of the courses are periodically offered online or as hybrid course (partially online).

Be sure to visit the CCJ Campus Undergraduate Courses page for information about course description and term offerings.

Transfer Credits

The Criminology & Criminal Justice program at PSU has extensive experience with undergraduate transfer students. More than one-half of our students transfer into PSU from the local community colleges and regional Universities so you are likely to run into old classmates.  CCJ has agreements with all Oregon community colleges and some Washington community colleges allowing specific courses to automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice courses. Other transfer credits from regionally accredited community colleges, four-year colleges and universities are determined by PSU upon admission.

See how your criminal justice courses from Oregon and Washington community colleges transfer into PSU’s CCJ undergraduate programs.


The College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), where the Criminology & Criminal Justice department is housed, has professional advisors available to assist students. This includes support for transferring into PSU, understanding BA/BS and general university requirements, course planning for the CCJ major, preparing for graduation, and provision of general program information.

CCJ majors are encouraged to meet regularly with their adviser to ensure that they are on track to graduate.