Criminal Justice (Bachelor's To Master's)

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  • The only graduate program of its kind within a 150-mile radius of Scranton
  • Pursue an internship and an individualized research project as part of a hands-on, practical education

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Criminal Justice (Bachelor's To Master's) at Marywood

The only graduate program of its kind within a 150-mile radius of Scranton, this interdisciplinary program combines criminal justice and management course work to prepare graduates to work and lead in the criminal justice field.

You'll receive a broad education, choosing from a wide range of criminal justice courses as well as electives in related fields such as psychology and social work. As part of a hands-on, practical education, you'll also pursue an internship and an individualized research project, using our program's close working relationships with federal criminal justice agencies located in Scranton and northeast Pennsylvania. As a graduate of our five-year Criminal Justice program, you'll leave not only with the knowledge and experience to begin a successful career, but you'll be prepared to become an effective leader as well.

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Hannarae Lee
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Patrick Seffrin
Associate Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Criminal Justice

The student who majors in Criminal Justice will:

  1. acquire a working knowledge of American criminal justice institutions, including law enforcement, adjudication, and corrections;
  2. engage in the formal modes of inquiry which are used to understand problems of crime and social control and engage in honest and effective research on these matters;
  3. participate effectively in the discussion of contemporary issues in American criminal justice, exercising respect and critical thinking when analyzing the opinions of others and tentativeness when formulating one’s own conclusions;
  4. respond actively and effectively to the challenges confronting American criminal justice institutions relating the insights of the field to current issues;
  5. empathize with the human condition of members of the criminal and public populations served by criminal justice institutions, displaying respect for and an understanding of the social and cultural characteristics of the diverse populations served.


The Criminal Justice major prepares the student for a career and/or graduate study in the field of criminal justice. For those who wish to enter the labor market upon completion of a bachelor’s degree, the program provides excellent preparation for careers in law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections, and probation and parole. Internships with local, state and national criminal justice agencies are available to qualified majors providing specific preparation for future employment. For students who wish to pursue further education in criminal justice, the program offers advanced standing in the Marywood graduate program in Criminal Justice, permitting qualified students to complete a master’s degree in Criminal Justice in their fifth year of study at the University.

Four-Year Degree Program in Criminal Justice (54 credits)


A. 27 credits (nine courses) in Criminal Justice:

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
CJ 220 Law Enforcement
3
CJ 303 Criminology
3
CJ 319 Criminal Law and Procedure
3
CJ 351 Social Research
3
CJ 433 The American Prison
3
CJ 454 Computer Applications in Social Research
3
CJ 460 Criminal Justice Internship
3
CJ 465 Coordinating Seminar in Criminal Justice
3

B. 15 credits (five courses) in electives from the following:

CJ 101 Shadow and Service
3
CJ/BIOL 105 DNA Forensics
( may be taken to satisfy LA science requirement)
3
CJ 200 Introduction to the Legal System
3
CJ 201 The Juvenile Justice System
3
CJ 206 Community Corrections
3
CJ 219 Drugs in American Society
3
CJ 224 Criminal Investigation 3
CJ 302 White Collar Crime 3
CJ 322 Criminalistics and the Crime Lab
3
CJ 330 Prosecuting Criminal Cases
3
CJ 405 Deviant Behavior in Society
3
CJ 410 Race, Crime and Poverty in America
3
CJ 425 Children’s Rights and Societal Responses
3
PSYC 440 Forensic Psychology  
*CJ 503 Criminal Justice Administration
3
*CJ 522 Criminology
3
*CJ 544 Staff Supervision in Criminal Justice
3
*CJ 576 Corrections
3
LE 318 Family Law
3
SOC 411 The Family
3

*CJ 500 graduate electives. Up to 12 graduate credits may be taken by CJ undergraduate students who have been accepted into the five-year CJ Masters program in the fourth year (UG) of their program. These courses are also open to seniors enrolled in the regular four-year undergraduate program with QPA of 3.0 or better and the CJ Program Director’s permission. For graduation, students must have a minimum QPA of 2.33 in the major and a minimum overall QPA of 2.00.

A copy of the complete curriculum is available upon request from the Social Sciences Department.