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Criminal Justice Degree

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Offered on campus and fully online

Integrating Criminal Justice with Social Sciences

Point Park University's criminal justice major is based upon the enforcement of the law, detection of crimes, investigation of crimes, prosecution of offenders and eventual sentencing of individuals convicted in the criminal justice system. Taught by professors who bring real-world experience into the classroom, Point Park's criminal justice program will prepare you for a variety of careers through hands-on coursework and experiential learning opportunities. 

Unlike many other criminal justice programs, which are centered in psychology or sociology, Point Park's criminal justice curriculum integrates social sciences, behavioral sciences and humanities as part of its interdisciplinary program.

Our University's Downtown Pittsburgh location affords students many opportunities to learn from and network with judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement officers. Our location also gives students a variety of options for invaluable, career-focused internships and observations.

Our program is also available fully online.

Tuition Discount for Law Enforcement Professionals

We offer a 20 percent tuition discount to law enforcement professionals (full or part-time municipal, county or state police and public safety employees) who are accepted into our on-campus B.S. in criminal justice program. Learn more about our tuition discount programs.

Fully Online Accelerated Degree Option

Point Park’s online programs are offered in a flexible format at an affordable cost. Online courses are 8 weeks long and are always offered asynchronously for your convenience. 

Online students have access to the same great benefits as those on campus:

  • Point Park faculty with real-world experience.
  • Small online class sizes for individualized attention.
  • A full spectrum of University resources.
  • A student success advisor offering support from application to graduation, who will guide you to successfully complete your degree.

Cohorts begin every eight weeks. Apply now!


Meet Our Faculty

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park University's core curriculum and classes in the criminal justice major.

Some of the courses include:

  • Corrections, Probation and Parole
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Investigations
  • The Courts and Criminal Trial
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Evolution of Policing
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Forensic Evidence I and II
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Money Laundering
  • Transnational Criminal Activities

Career Options

Point Park University's criminal justice program prepares students for positions as professionals in more than 50 career fields related to criminal justice.

These career choices are essential to the functioning of a democratic society because they prevent crime, protect life and property, uphold citizens' rights, safeguard civil rights, enforce laws and maintain social order.

Criminal justice graduates can pursue various career opportunities at the federal, state, county, city and township levels, such as:

  • Corrections
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Judicial System
  • State and Local Policing