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Undergraduate Advising

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, CCJ course requirements, transfers credits, graduation requirements, and general program information.

Students may also talk with 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 department 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 DARS to track your 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. 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:

How to Run a DARS Report
How to Read a DARS Report 

Getting Connected with Your Advisor

CCJ – Campus Program Students: 
Meghan Opbroek provides advising for CCJ - Flexible Campus students. She is located in the Urban Center building, URBN 540. To schedule an appointment please call 503-725-9210 or view her availability and book an appointment online




  CCJ – Online Program Students: The CCJO program provides specialized academic      advising tailored to the fully online format. CCJO’s professional academic advisor is    Angela Barrett. Please see the CCJO Advising Center Website for more information.