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 (BS) 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 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.

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 criinal 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.

Undergraduate Minors 

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.
 

Curriculum

In addition to General Education requirements, students seeking a criminal justice degree 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 (PDF).

 

Internship Opportunities

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
  • 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), 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

  • 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