Earn your bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Gwynedd Mercy University

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Criminal Justice

Prepare for a Career in Criminal Justice


Have you been looking into Criminal Justice programs? 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 will prepare you for immediate entry into the field, as well as for graduate school or law school.

The GMercyU Difference

GMercyU 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 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 different than other Criminal Justice colleges in PA. 

At GMercyU, you can attend the Municipal Police Academy at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus in Conshohocken, Pa.  This training is offered as part of your four-year degree without extended time or expense. You are eligible to apply for the Academy during your junior year in order to attend in your senior year.

Other benefits of our program include:

  • Personalized instruction with our low 10:1 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. 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.

Curriculum

In addition to General Education requirements, students must complete the following courses:

Major Requirements

CRJ 102  Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 215 Criminology
CRJ 220  Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 225   Juvenile Delinquency
CRJ 301  Introduction to Private Security
CRJ 310 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research
CRJ 320 Forensics: Crime Scene Investigation
CRJ 326 Criminal Procedures
CRJ 327 Criminal Law
CRJ 370 Corrections
CRJ 401  Theories of Crime & Deviance
CRJ 405 Criminal Investigations
CRJ 410 Courts in America
CRJ 435 Criminal Justice Internship(s)
CRJ 4000   CRJ Capstone
CRJ 4 Electives  (chosen from CRJ 275, 285, 355, 415, 437 or 490)

Credit Requirements
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog.

Internship Opportunities

GMercyU’s Criminal Justice students have worked or interned for a variety of institutions, including:

  • 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

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Career Outcomes

Future prospects for a career in Criminal Justice

With median pay of $56,980 for police and detectives (according to Bureau of Labor Statistics), this is a degree you can build a future on. It also will 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

  • Airport Security Officer
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms Officer
  • Attorney
  • Bailiff
  • Body Guard
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Case Worker
  • Child Support Agency Worker
  • CIA Agent
  • Community Service Coordinator
  • Compliance Manager
  • Contracts Administrator
  • Corrections Facilities
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Clerk
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Criminologist
  • Customs Agent
  • Deportation Officer
  • Deputy Marshall
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Detective
  • Discrimination Investigator
  • District Attorney
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • FBI Agent
  • Firefighter
  • Fish & Game
  • Housing / Tenant Representative
  • Industrial Security Specialist
  • Jailer
  • Juvenile Court Counselor
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Legal Assistant
  • Litigation Manager
  • Media Criminologist

•    Military Officer
•    Mounted Police
•    Naval Investigator
•    Non-Profit Organization Advocate
•    Paralegal
•    Park Ranger
•    Parole / Probation Officer
•    Police Commissioner
•    Police Detective
•    Police Instructor
•    Police Officer / Manager
•    Polygraph Examiner
•    Postal Service Investigator
•    Pre-Trial Services Officer
•    Private Investigator
•    Private Security Officer
•    Public Defender
•    Public Safety Officer
•    Revenue Officer
•    Secret Service Agent
•    Security Officer
•    Sheriff
•    Social Service Worker
•    Social Worker
•    State Police Officer
•    Substance Abuse Counselor
•    Resident Supervisor
•    Surveillance Office
•    Teacher
•    US Marshall
•    Victim Services Specialist
•    Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
•    Youth Advocate

* Some of these careers may require additional education.
* This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.

 

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