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1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
717-477-1558
crimjust@ship.edu
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Bachelor of Science in

Criminal Justice


The multidisciplinary nature of the criminal justice program makes its graduates attractive to a wide range of public and private employers. 

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science degree focused on the comprehensive study of crime and delinquency as well as prevention and control strategies. Undergraduate students complete courses that develop their understanding of theory; these courses are complemented by courses that emphasize the development of analytical skills, which enable students to conduct and understand applied criminal justice research. Criminal justice majors are prepared to enter graduate school and other advanced professional programs.

Internships are available at the local, state, and federal level, and provide students with practical experience, and networking opportunities. The Criminal Justice internship provides students with a real-world work experience in a criminal justice agency. Internships enhance a graduate's ability to enter the job market, with some interns being hired at the conclusion of their internship experience.

Get Involved

The Criminal Justice Club provide a forum for interaction between students, faculty, program alumni, professionals employed in the field, and members of the broader community. Becoming a member is a great way to get involved on campus and in the community. Criminal justice students learn team building and leadership skills and develop meaningful communication with others members within this community.

Students who want to learn how a courtroom operates can join the Mock Trial Team and participate in a national competition where schools compete in a mock or fake trial.

Degree Requirements

All BS Criminal Justice students must complete a total of 120 credit hours:

  • General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Criminal Justice Core Courses: Students in the criminal justice program take a core of required courses designed to provide initial exposure to the separate areas of police, law, courts, and corrections. The core program provides students with courses emphasizing theory and research skills. The core has one capstone course where students demonstrate their understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.
  • Criminal Justice Minor: Students who wish to supplement their degrees with a fundamental exposure to the dynamic field of criminal justice must complete 18 credit hours within the department. Many are available online.