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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Feb 28, 2024
2021-2022 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice, BA

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Contact: Dr. Dawna Wensel,

The criminal justice major is designed to foster a broadly based understanding of the diverse nature of crime and justice and its relationship with society, with an emphasis on the components of policing, courts, and corrections.. The program goes beyond the narrow, practicum-oriented criminal justice requirements of many colleges and universities, allowing students to also explore interdisciplinary connections with other fields of study.

Students must take 48 total credits in the major. Seven courses (21 credits) are required for all criminal justice majors.

Degree Requirements

Area Requirements

Students must take six additional courses (18 credits), including at least two from each of the three areas of study in criminal justice. At least three of the courses must be at the 1300/1400 level.

Total additional credits: 18

Total credits required for the major: 48

General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

(See General Education Program  and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree  under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

Please be advised

Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Suggested Course of Study

Credits: 30

Second Year

  • ADMJ Lower level electives - 6 Credits
  • General education or elective courses - 20 Credits
  • Choose two more from the following: SOC 101, PSY 101, PS 205 or PS 102

Credits: 32

Third Year

Credits: 30

Fourth Year

Credits: 28

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