Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice

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). CCJ’s fully online 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. The CCJ Online bachelor’s degree provides a comprehensive criminology and criminal justice education that can help you develop a strong foundation and give you the knowledge you’ll need to help create a successful career.

Degree Requirements

To major in CCJ, students complete 68 CCJ credits. 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. Students can transfer up to 20 credits from a regionally accredited college or university toward the CCJ major requirements.

Required Courses (44 credit hours)

Students complete all of the following courses.

  • CCJ 300 Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 301 Policing in America
  • CCJ 303 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
  • CCJ 404 Internship (8 credit hours)*
  • *In CCJ Online, the CCJ 404 internship requirement is satisfied through completing an agency placement in each student’s home community. For CCJ Online students who are unable to complete an agency placement, a fully online professional development alternative course is available. Senior status and instructor permission are required.

Elective Courses (24 credit hours)

CCJ Online students choose from the following elective courses.

  • CCJ 370 Women, Crime, and Justice
  • CCJ 390 Crimes of the Powerful
  • CCJ 399 Terrorism in Context Seminar
  • CCJ 399 Leadership in Criminal Justice Seminar
  • CCJ 399 Criminal Justice Ethics Seminar
  • CCJ 410 Juvenile Offenders
  • CCJ 410 Courts, Prosecution, and Justice
  • CCJ 410 Correlates of Criminal Behavior
  • CCJ 410 Geographic Criminology
  • CCJ 410 Applied Crime Mapping
  • CCJ 410 Science and Practice of Profiling
  • CCJ 435 Crime, Grime, and Fear
  • CCJ 485 Offender Rehabilitation

University Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

A PSU bachelor’s degree requires a minimum total of 180 credit hours. Of those, 72 must be upper-division. Almost all universities have general education requirements.

At PSU, these are known as University Studies. All students must complete a 12-credit Upper Division Cluster and a six-credit Senior Capstone. By special arrangement, courses satisfying these requirements are available fully online exclusively for CCJ Online students and are offered at CCJ Online’s special tuition rate.

Additional general education requirements are completed at regular in-state/out-of-state tuition rates and differ depending on whether students choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. CCJ Online students are provided specialized advising on how to complete any remaining general education requirements fully online. 

Course Calendar and Descriptions

Since they are only open to admitted CCJ Online students, courses in CCJ’s online programs cannot be found in PSU’s Schedule of Classes. Registration for CCJ Online courses takes places through a separate, customized process. Schedules and registration information is provided directly to CCJ’s online students each term, along with individual advising to assist each student in registering for the mix of courses that best suits their interests while satisfying their program requirements. CCJ Online makes space for each of its students to register for any course offered by their online program. This means that online program students don’t have to worry about losing the opportunity to register for a CCJO course because it’s already full.

Visit CCJ Online course page for course descriptions and CCJ Online course calendar.

Transfer Credit

For the fully online bachelor’s degree program, students may satisfy up to 20 credits with transfer course substitutions.

All credits need to be college-level with a passing grade. For Oregon community colleges, CCJ has pre-approved a set of criminology or criminal justice courses that automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice online program courses. Find the list of pre‐approved substitution courses from your Oregon community college here.

Be sure to visit the CCJ Online Programs Overview page for important information about special online program tuition, program structure, and how to apply.


Getting Started and Getting Help 

Incoming and new students are provided advising and support by CCJ Online's Enrollment Advisor Chelsey Huff.  Chelsey works with prospective students exploring the CCJ Online program options, incoming CCJ Online students who have started the PSU application process, and new CCJ Online students getting ready for their first term.  Chelsey can answer a wide variety of questions about admissions requirements, transfer credits, financial aid, CCJ course content, career opportunities,  PSU resources, and more.  Contact the CCJ Online Enrollment Advisor at or complete our information request form.    

For established CCJ Online students, CCJ Online Academic Advisor is Angela Barrett.  Angela is CCJ’s resident expert on successfully guiding students through PSU and CCJ’s fully online programs. Angela is a former PSU student herself and has been working with CCJ’s online students for a decade. Angela can be reached at and (503) 725-5131.

For current CCJ Online students, general advising information and university contacts are posted in the CCJ Online Advising Center.



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