Criminal Justice Major: Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
What is Criminal Justice?
Criminal justice is the study of crimes and the inner workings of the criminal justice system. In this criminal justice degree program, you'll learn to identify and analyze crimes using social science, forensic science, and political science. You'll hear from professors who study patterns of criminal behavior, the philosophy of punishment for crimes, and the American legal system. GMercyU is among the top criminal justice schools in PA and will allow you to forge a path into a career within the criminal justice system.
Prepare for a Career in Criminal Justice
Gwynedd Mercy University’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice combines practical knowledge with theory to give you a solid foundation for your next steps toward a career in criminal justice. Through classroom and hands-on education, GMercyU is a criminal justice school that will prepare you for immediate entry into the field, as well as for graduate school or law school through obtaining our criminal justice degree.
The GMercyU Difference
GMercyU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice is dedicated to helping you cultivate the skills you need to establish a career in areas such as law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, and related social services fields. Our criminal justice program instructors bring real-world experience to each class, making your time at Gwynedd Mercy University as current as the events of the day.
GMercyU also provides a learning environment that will give you an experience learning within the criminal justice major than different than other Criminal Justice colleges in PA.
Other benefits of our criminal justice degree program include:
Personalized instruction with our low 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Courses taught by experts in the field (no teaching assistants)
Guided visits of local and state correctional facilities
Guest speakers including regional criminal justice leaders. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey recently spoke, and world-renowned criminologist Dr. Jack Levin recently spoke to students about serial killing and mass murder.
GMercyU’s Criminal Justice students have worked or interned for a variety of institutions, including:
United States Department of Homeland Security
PA State Police
Philadelphia Police Department
Prepare to Become a Police Officer
As a GMercyU Criminal Justice major, you have the option of attending the Montgomery County Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken, Pa. Here, you can earn your Act 120, which is an essential step in pursuing a career as a police officer. If you're accepted into this criminal justice program, this special training is offered during your senior year as part of your four-year degree without extended time or expense, unlike other criminal justice schools.
Increase the value of your criminal justice degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to General Education requirements, students seeking a criminal justice degree must complete the following courses:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Introduction to Private Security
Introduction to Criminal Justice Research
Forensics: Crime Scene Investigation
Theories of Crime & Deviance
Courts in America
Criminal Justice Internship(s)
4 Electives (chosen from CRJ 275, 285, 355, 415, 437 or 490)
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
GMercyU’s Criminal Justice majors have worked or interned for a variety of institutions, including:
Abington Police Department
ATF Field Office
Bucks County Juvenile Probation
GMercyU Public Safety Department
Lansdale Police Department
Montgomery County Department of Corrections
Montgomery County Detective Bureau
Montgomery County Department of Probation and Parole
Norristown Police Department
Pennsylvania Prison Society - Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania State Police
Philadelphia Department of Probation & Parole
Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
Philadelphia Police Department Crime Scene Unit
Pottstown Police Department
Target – Department of Loss Prevention
Upper Dublin Police Department
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Walmart – Loss Prevention Unit
Warrington Police Department
Where our graduates work after graduation
• Abington Police Department
• ATF Field Office
• Bucks County Juvenile Probation
• Glaxo-Smith Kline
• GMercyU Public Safety Department
• Lansdale Police Department
• Montgomery County Department of Corrections
• Montgomery County Detective Bureau
• Montgomery County Department of Probation and Parole
• Norristown Police Department
• Pennsylvania Prison Society - Philadelphia, PA
• Pennsylvania State Police
• Philadelphia Department of Probation & Parole
• Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
• Philadelphia Police Department Crime Scene Unit
• Pottstown Police Department
• Target – Department of Loss Prevention
• Upper Dublin Police Department
• U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• Walmart – Loss Prevention Unit
• Warrington Police Department
With a median pay of $56,980 for police and detectives (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), having a criminal justice degree creates a future for you to build upon. It will also prepare you for careers in a wide range of other areas within the criminal justice field, as well as for graduate or law school.
Possible careers for criminal justice majors:
Border Patrol Agent
Community Service Coordinator
Drug Enforcement Agent
Juvenile Court Counselor
Law Enforcement Officer
Parole / Probation Officer
Secret Service Agent
State Police Officer
Substance Abuse Counselor
*Some of these careers may require additional education.
*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.
A National Criminal Justice Honor Society associated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. To become a member, you must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, a grade point average of 3.2 within the Criminal Justice program, and rank in the top 35% of your class.