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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice 

 Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice 



Welcome to the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 inforcement, 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.

In the Fall of 2010 we also began offering 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 36 credit degree offering with the option of a thesis or internship track.


Additional information can be accessed using the links on the left side of this page - thanks for visiting!

The Criminology Department is located in 005 Patterson Hall

Dept. Phone: 724-738-2084
Fax: 724-738-4822

Dr. Patrick Harvey, Chair

004 Patterson Hall
Dr. David Champion,
Graduate Program Coordinator
016 Patterson Hall 
(724) 738-4462

Mrs. Kathy Dombeck, Secretary
005 Patterson Hall


The Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Justice Educators (PACJE)

Annual Meeting March 20-21, 2015

Conference Site: SRU's Robert M. Smith Student Center

Email Dr. Ridener or visit for more details.

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