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Criminology and Criminal Justice

Offered by: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Slippery Rock University's Bachelor's in Criminology and Criminal Justice program prepares students for successful careers in the justice system-a space that is constantly changing within a framework that can be traced back to the Magna Carta. That's why an effective Criminal Justice professional has a breadth and depth of knowledge, with the ethical standards to successfully apply their expertise. SRU's major in Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you become just that.

Why Choose Criminology and Criminal Justice?

Offering a premier program, Slippery Rock University will prepare you to become a knowledgeable and skilled criminal justice professional. Your coursework will ensure that you have the skills to meet the challenges of the workplace as you begin your career. SRU also offers an accelerated curriculum that allows you to complete a BA and an MA in just four years!

What Will You Learn?

The Criminology and Criminal Justice curriculum includes classes in criminological theory, policing, courts and adjudication, corrections, research methodology, and justice administration.

Beyond coursework, we encourage students to learn from their experiences on campus and in the community. Student organizations such as CRIM Club, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Pre-Law Advisement allow students to collaborate and share ideas.

Careers and Internships

In addition to networking with other students, internships are an important facet of the program. SRU offers an optional internship to qualified students. In the past, students have interned at places such as the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Office, and at local Pennsylvania agencies.

Internships give Criminology and Criminal Justice majors an advantage on the job market as they pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile casework, probation, and parole. The solid foundation that students gain from SRU's program also prepare them for advanced graduate study.

Learn more about the Criminology and Criminal Justice major now!

The Bachelor's in Criminology and Criminal Justice program at SRU provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their careers and in graduate school. Interested in learning more about the major? Request more information today!

Alumni Spotlight

"The course curriculum really assists students in developing a research-based working knowledge about multiple areas within the criminal justice field. The professors work with students to provide them opportunities to get hands-on experience in the field. My education at Slippery Rock University and the experiences afforded to me there have been a highlight of the majority of the job interviews offered to me. Undoubtedly, the CJ program and professors played a major role in getting me to where I am at in my career today-which is a job I love and look forward to going to each and every day." Heather Birchfield

Heather Birchfield