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  • Associate of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Criminal Justice

  • Lead, Protect and Serve Communities with a Criminal Justice Degree from Gannon University

    Gannon University’s criminal justice program prepares 21st century students to become lead investigators and vital agents of social change. Through individualized faculty mentoring and skill-based curriculum, you can discover your own career in law enforcement, public service or criminal investigation as you motion for a safer world.

    • Learn from retired Florida State Crime Lab forensic scientist and FBI and ATF special agents.
    • Increase your professional marketability through service-learning projects, internships and hands-on coursework.
    • Pursue a double major or minor through convenient curriculum flexibility.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Criminal Justice

    • Master theoretical concepts and practical applications of the investigative process.
    • Learn principles of forensic investigation including evidence documentation, crime analysis, reporting and testimony, fingerprint techniques and bloodstain pattern analysis.
    • Analyze issues of global diversity in relation to criminal behavior and crime control.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Learn in our Forensic Investigation Center, an innovative, working laboratory where students apply classroom learning to find evidence and solve crimes in a simulated environment.
    • Collaborate with the regional Municipal Police Academy to obtain your Act 120 certification.
    • Receive training in geospatial information systems (GIS)to shed light on justice and inequity issues that plague regional and global communities.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key criminal justice courses including:

    Criminalistics: Learn from a nationally recognized forensic expert about collecting, processing and analyzing evidence and understanding its relevance in a criminal case.

    Careers in Criminal Justice: Tailor your professional goals as weekly guest speakers discuss careers in law enforcement, corrections and forensics, among others.

    Investigative Concepts: Explore principles of criminal and civil investigation including investigative techniques and obtaining information to identify and locate suspects. The course integrates lessons from Erie’s “Pizza Bomber” case and is taught by former FBI lead investigator on the case.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our criminal justice program is designed in favor of your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can:

    • Earn competitive internship placements with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Erie Court of Common Pleas, among others.
    • Accelerate your education and earn a B.A. in criminal justice and M.S. in criminalistics in just five years.
    • Earn an annual median wage of $65,170 for police officers and detectives, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Learn from lead FBI and ATF special agents on the infamous Pizza Bomber Heist, featured throughout the four-part docuseries, Evil Genius.  

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 12:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.