Criminal Justice

  • Program Overview

    The Criminal Justice Program (CRJS) at Gannon University is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate major that is dedicated to education, research, and service in the fields of criminal justice, public safety, and social justice. With the capacity to develop graduates who have intellectual curiosity, moral commitment and professional competence to confront the challenges of crime and justice, CRJS strives to provide students with critical thinking and effective communication skills as well as cultivate their capacity for personal growth and creative problem solving. Essentially, we seek to inspire students to become responsible citizens and public servants. Building on this foundation, CRJS offers its students a diverse curriculum that balances the arts, sciences and humanities with professional training, and challenges them to make a difference in the lives of others.

    Consistent with contemporary standards of education in Criminal Justice, our curriculum emphasizes the need for students to be exposed to the most significant areas of study in the criminal justice system - law enforcement, cyber security, corrections, probation, parole, forensic investigation, juvenile justice, criminal law and criminology. In each of these areas, course offerings stress both theoretical concepts and practical applications. In addition to a general Criminal Justice track, the program offers "tracks" or specializations in Corrections, Cyber Security, Forensic Investigation, Juvenile Justice, and Law Enforcement. As a complement to the classroom experiences, the program requires students to engage in experiential learning such as field placement, internships, and service-learning projects. These allow the student to observe and participate in the day to day operation of specific Criminal Justice agencies.

    In addition to preparing students for initial criminal justice careers, the Criminal Justice Program provides students with a solid academic foundation for subsequent graduate education in criminal justice, related social science disciplines and law.

    Track Options 

    • Corrections: The Corrections track is designed for students who are interested in understanding and working with criminal offenders.  Through this track, students will be equipped to handle the dynamic nature of the largest facet of the criminal justice system. 
    • Cyber Security: The Cyber Security track is designed to provide students a critical understanding of cyber-crime and cyber society. Students in this track will analyze various computer crimes, threats and attacks. The courses will provide knowledge and skills in securing computer networks, preventing cyber-attacks and ensuring the privacy of users of electronic communication devices.
    • Forensic Investigation: The Forensic Investigators track will teach students various applications of forensic investigative processes.  Through this track, students will understand both the theory and practice of forensic disciplines. The curriculum provides a basic foundation in investigative, scientific, and laboratory-based forensics and introduces students to the various disciplines that make up the forensic collaborative workgroup.
    • Juvenile Justice: The Juvenile Justice track is designed for students who are interested in working with adolescents and/or at risk youth.  Students in this track will learn the juvenile justice system, explores issues related to juvenile delinquency, examines alternative programs available for treating delinquency, and teaches students case management skills.
    • Law Enforcement: The Law Enforcement track is designed for students who want to enter into a certified Municipal Police Academy known as Act 120. The track is also appropriate for current law enforcement officers who want to advance their knowledge and skills in the areas of police management, operations, investigation and forensics. 

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Associate of Arts
    • Bachelor of Arts for Graduates of Two Year Colleges
    • Criminal Justice Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

  • Believe It: Criminal Justice majors have a 90% retention rate.