Undergraduate Program Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree and Minor Overview

Delivered by nationally-known, award-winning faculty, Portland State University’s bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice blends practice and theory. Students learn how the legal system works with an indepth look at the American court system, legal reasoning, and research. Additionally students explore the role of law enforcement and examine corrections and rehabilitation strategies to determine what methods work best to keep offenders from repeating their mistakes and communities safe. Overall, students will get an in depth look at the professions, policy, and challenges of crime and justice in American society, while pointing to tools to develop solutions.

Degree Details

Criminology and Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree or Minor: Why PSU?

At Portland State University, we recognize the increasing demand for critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and reformers. That’s why our criminology and criminal justice program is designed for intellectually curious, open-minded, and highly motivated individuals eager to make a difference in the criminal justice system and their communities. When students graduate from our criminology and criminal justice program, they view social trends and legislation in a new light. They see patterns when others see isolated incidents. They prefer to test a theory instead of blindly accepting it. They realize their passion and ambition can change the world—and they go for it.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree or minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

Our criminology and criminal justice degree foster skills that are sought after in the field and that drive hiring and promotion decisions.

Career opportunities can span from politics to business, investigations, law enforcement agencies, nonprofit leadership, and beyond. Apply your knowledge and skillset to become a leader in whatever area you choose.

Jobs in criminology and criminal justice include police officers, deputies, probation/parole officers, correctional officers, private security, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, magistrates and legal assistants, victim advocates, case managers, federal law enforcement, policy, and crime analysts.

Featured Courses

  • CCJ 300 Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 301 Policing in America
  • CCJ 303 Punishment and Corrections
  • CCJ 310 American Courts
  • CCJ 320U Theories of Crime & Justice
  • CCJ 330U Crime Control Strategies
  • CCJ 340 Crime Analysis
  • CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research
  • CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning


  • CCJ 210 Introduction to Juvenile Justice
  • CCJ 410 Correlates of Criminal Behavior
  • CCJ 260 Criminal Justice & Pop Culture
  • CCJ 350U Ethical Leadership in Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 355U Perspectives on Terrorism
  • CCJ 365U Criminology and Social Justice
  • CCJ 370 Women, Crime, and Justice
  • CCJ 390 Crimes of the Powerful
  • CCJ 399 Race and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 410 Geographic Criminology
  • CCJ 415 Counseling Skills for Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 450 Comparative Perspective of Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 485 Offender Rehabilitation


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