Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice that is well suited for individuals who are ready to start a career within the criminal justice field. Students enrolled in this degree program will gain in-depth knowledge on crime control, analysis, research, theories, ethics, and much more. Graduates who earn this certificate often enjoy rewarding careers as criminology or criminal justice professionals.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice Program consists of 180 total credit hours. Students are required to finish Core Courses, Elective Courses, and University Studies Coursework in order to successfully complete the program. Core courses include Criminology and Criminal Justice, Policing in America, Punishment and Corrections, American Courts, Theories of Crime, Crime Control Strategies, Crime Analysis, Criminal Justice Research, Criminal Law and Reasoning, and an Internship. The courses for this program are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while working in the field. Students must complete six elective courses which are designed to give them the ability to customize part of their education, catering to individual interests. Graduates will be well equipped with a wide base of specialized knowledge that is typically sought by employers in the criminal justice field.

This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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