About the CRJ Department


Shippensburg University’s Criminal Justice program is the first in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


One of the largest majors on campus, we serve hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. Our faculty are leaders, scholars, and professionals in criminal justice, and our staff helps everything run smoothly, assuring the best possible education for our students.

Our department prepares students for potential careers as law enforcement officers, adult or juvenile probation/parole officers, loss prevention professionals, correctional officers and administrators, or future law or graduate students, by presenting them with a range of coursework covering both general criminal justice information as well as specialty areas like policing and juvenile justice. In addition, our students are taught to be effective scholars, as they learn to integrate academic research with the practical application of criminal justice policy and techniques.

If you have any questions about our programs, internships, or future employment possibilities, please contact us at (717) 477-1558 or email us at crimjust@ship.edu.

  • Students will be able to identify social and behavioral foundations of criminal justice theory, research and practice; define role of law enforcement, judicial and correctional agencies in the adult and juvenile justice systems; and list and relate historic and contemporary applications law and justice in society.
  • Student will be able to differentiate the historical, social, economic and political origins of criminal justice perspectives; relate theories to evidence-based practices in the field; debate the merits of opposing viewpoints; and interpret empirical data presented in research.
  • Students will be able to effectively research, organize, and present information to others.
  • Students will develop professionally relevant competencies and relationships in a professional setting, work together with the site supervisor and faculty instructor to develop new knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to serve effectively in a professional setting, and evaluate internship experience in terms of professional preparation (skills or knowledge required to perform assigned tasks, integrate into work place culture, size of the organization)