May 26, 2019  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Department


Our department offers a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice and an MA degree in Criminal Justice. Our undergraduate degree program provides a foundation of knowledge needed for students interested in a variety of careers in the following areas:

  • law enforcement
  • probation and parole
  • court administrator
  • treatment specialist
  • justice system

Our mission is to enrich the criminal justice community of Pennsylvania and the nation with ethically and critically informed graduates. We accomplish this by being recognized as a premier provider of rigorous, accessible, and high quality educational experience to learners in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Office: 211 Spotts World Culture Building
Phone: 724-738-2084


Rebecca Ridener, PhD

Kathleen Dombeck

David Champion, Kerry Edwards, Xin Jiang, Sarah Kuehn, D. Neil McEwen, Jon McLister, Rebecca Ridener, Youngyol Yim Schanz, Samuel Staples

Slippery Rock University’s Bachelor’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice program prepares students for successful careers in the justice system-a space that is constantly changing within a framework that can be traced back to the Magna Carta. That’s why an effective Criminal Justice professional has a breadth and depth of knowledge, with the ethical standards to successfully apply their expertise. SRU’s major in Criminology and Criminal Justice will help you become just that.

Offering a premier program, Slippery Rock University will prepare you to become a knowledgeable and skilled criminal justice professional. Your coursework will ensure that you have the skills to meet the challenges of the workplace as you begin your career. SRU also offers an accelerated curriculum that allows you to complete a BA and an MA in just four years!

The Criminology and Criminal Justice curriculum includes classes in criminological theory, policing, courts and adjudication, corrections, research methodology, and justice administration.

Beyond coursework, we encourage students to learn from their experiences on campus and in the community. Student organizations such as CRIM Club, Alpha Phi Sigma, and Pre-Law Advisement allow students to collaborate and share ideas.

In addition to networking with other students, internships are an important facet of the program. SRU offers an optional internship to qualified students. In the past, students have interned at places such as the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Marshals Office, and at local Pennsylvania agencies.

Internships give Criminology and Criminal Justice majors an advantage on the job market as they pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile casework, probation, and parole. The solid foundation that students gain from SRU’s program also prepare them for advanced graduate study.

In addition to the major, the department offers a minor in criminology, a specialization in Community Corrections, and a certificate in Criminal Justice and Spanish Cultural & Language Competency.

Students are encouraged to examine the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s website and/or contact the department for more detailed information about courses, activities, student organizations, career information for the concentration and graduate student opportunities.

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