Criminology and Security Studies

Welcome to the Criminology and Security Studies Department.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Security Studies provides a foundation of knowledge for students interested in a variety of careers both in and out of the formal justice system.

Our mission is to enrich the criminal justice community of Pennsylvania and the nation with ethically and critically informed graduates. This mission parallels our vision of being recognized as a premier criminal justice program in the region for providing rigorous, accessible and high quality educational experience to learners in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Our BA degree program covers criminological theory, policing, courts and adjudication, corrections, research methodology, justice administration and various special topics of criminal justice. The BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile casework, probation, parole, and other careers in the criminal justice system. It also provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue advanced degrees in the study of criminology and justice studies. We also offer an 18-credit hour minor for interested students from other majors.

We also offer a Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Our MA in Criminal Justice program provides an opportunity for working professionals in the criminal justice field to attain a graduate degree for career enhancement, as well as for traditional graduate learners who value the accessibility of an online program. Our MA program is entirely online and comprises a 30 credit degree offering with the option of a thesis or internship track.