Criminology and Criminal Justice

criminology and criminal justice

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Our Criminal Justice bachelor's degree fosters skills that are changing the profession—and that drive hiring decisions.

Today's employers in criminology and criminal justice seek long-range thinkers and creative problem-solvers. Get ahead of the curve by earning a Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree online from Portland State University.

Designed for working adults who seek to move ahead in their careers, our online Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree emphasizes the theory and practice that's making a real difference in field and in the community.

You can tailor your bachelor's degree program to complete one or more career-building online certificates, without adding extra time or cost. Specialize in criminal behavior, leadership in criminal justice, or advanced crime analysis.

You'll learn the analytical methods and tools that are shaping the future of criminal justice. And you'll earn a degree from a nationally ranked criminal justice bachelor's degree program that has a stellar reputation throughout the profession.

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Our online Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program allows you to:

Earn one of the nation's first—and best—online criminal justice degrees.

  • Move your career forward. About two-thirds of our Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree graduates gain an increase in salary after completing the program.
  • Work with top-notch faculty. Our online Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree is taught by highly accomplished, actively leading, and student-centered faculty.
  • Develop practical skills that can help you make a difference. You'll learn to analyze data, communicate strategically, and exercise the leadership that leads to better-informed decisions and more effective criminal justice practices.
  • Receive individual support from enrollment through graduation. Criminology and criminal justice provides each student with a personal program manager to help you stay on track and have all your questions answered, every step of the way.

As one of the first accredited universities to offer a fully online Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree, Portland State takes an innovative approach that's focused on emerging trends in the profession.

Students Before Profits Award: Best Online Bachelor's in Criminal Justice 2014-2015You'll focus on critical issues, using cutting-edge tools, including:

  • Crime mapping.
  • Advanced crime analysis.
  • Criminal behavior.
  • Police-community relations.
  • Crime and social factors.
  • Evidence-based crime control.

The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts rapid growth in criminal justice job openings. Take advantage of these opportunities by earning an online bachelor's degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Portland State.


Online Bachelor's Degree: Criminology and Criminal Justice Curriculum

The PSU bachelor's degree requires a minimum of 180 credits. Of those, 72 must be upper-division. At PSU, all students must complete a 12-credit Upper Division Cluster and a Senior Capstone. To earn a Bachelor of Science or Arts in Criminology & Criminal Justice, students must complete all 10 CCJ core courses and 24 credits of CCJ electives. Transfer credits may satisfy some of these requirements.

CCJ Core Coursework

Students take all courses from the list below:

  • CCJ 300 Criminology and Criminal Justice (4 credits)
  • CCJ 301 Policing in America (4 credits)
  • CCJ 303 Punishment and Corrections (4 credits)
  • CCJ 310 American Courts (4 credits)
  • CCJ 320 Theories of Crime (4 credits)
  • CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies (4 credits)
  • CCJ 340 Crime Analysis (4 credits)
  • CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research (4 credits)
  • CCJ 404 Internship* (8 credits)
  • CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Reasoning (4 credits)

* An online professional development track is available. Students with prior work experience, such as a completed police academy, or certain types of military training may be eligible to receive additional credit.

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    Transfer Credits

    With transfer credits, students may be able to complete Portland State University's Criminology and Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program in just over a year. PSU will usually accept credits transferred from other regionally accredited institutions with similar courses.

    Successful completion of certain types of criminal-justice relevant professional training (such as police or corrections academy or relevant military training) may result 8 credits applied toward the CCJ 404 course requirement.

    For Oregon community colleges, many criminology and criminal justice courses have been pre-approved as a substitution for specific PSU Criminology & Criminal Justice courses, reducing your time to degree.

    CCJ Admission Requirements

    Applications for admission to the online Criminology & Criminal Justice bachelor degree program are accepted four times annually and applicants must meet the following qualifications:

    • Have a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours (20 semester hours) of transferable college work**.
      A pre-admission option is available for incoming PSU freshmen to assist them in working toward meeting CCJO’s full admission requirements. 
    • Meet minimum GPA requirement: 
      • For students who have never attended PSU: 2.25 transfer GPA is required.
      • For students with existing PSU credits: 2.25 PSU GPA is required.
    • Complete WR 121, or an equivalent college-level writing course, with a grade of C- or better.

    **Portland State University accepts college-level academic credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities. 


    Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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