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Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Get prepared for a career in criminal justice and the legal systems, as well as entry into graduate or law school. Through a career-focused curriculum, you'll learn the fundamentals of criminology and criminal justice systems, and explore the latest trends and contemporary issues in crime and criminal justice.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.A.
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Program Contact
Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, and Criminal Justice, Associate Professor of Sociology
Secretary for the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice
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Criminal justice — one of the most popular majors at Bloomsburg — brings together people who are interested in learning and pursuing an academic and professional career in criminology, law enforcement, homeland security, juvenile justice system, corrections, courts, victimology, criminal investigation, criminal law, and other fields under the broad coverage of criminal justice.

Bloomsburg Because

  • Career focused curriculum
  • Standout faculty with extensive experience
  • Learning by doing through internship
  • Wide range of specialized courses about policing, correction, juvenile justice, legal systems, and homeland security
  • An opportunity to reach a network of alumni
  • Friendly environment
  • Diverse job opportunities

Courses and Curriculum

Our criminal justice faculty are strong academics with practical experience in law and criminal justice professions, which they share in the classroom and through advising. In addition, the faculty are active researchers, as well as expert sources for local, state and national media. They have specializations and experience in criminology, crime investigation, criminal justice policies, criminal justice administration, cybercrime, law enforcement, correction, juvenile justice, terrorism and homeland security, social work, international criminal justice institutions, and more.

Criminal Justice Major Requirements

 

The criminal justice program also requires SOC 211, Psych 101, and Poli Sci 120.

The Husky Difference

37th
Top CJ Program
Ranked among the 50 Best Criminal Justice Degrees in the country, according to Learn.org
College of Distinction
College of Distinction
Bloomsburg has earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, honored for its quality and high-impact practices leading to a personalized education catered to students’ interests.

Careers

Our graduates have opportunities to pursue a multitude of careers in law enforcement, corrections, investigations, probation, and victim services. Our graduates have also opportunities to go to graduate or law school to obtain their advanced academic degrees such as M.Sc., Ph.D, and J.D.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Detective
  • ATF agent
  • Custom and Border Protection Officer
  • Victim-Witness Coordinator
  • DEA Agent
  • Victims Service Coordinator
  • Criminal Law Paralegal
  • Legal Researcher
  • State Trooper
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Counter-terrorism Analyst
  • Game Warden
  • Game Warden

Top Skills Employers are Looking For

  • adapting to changing circumstances
  • written and verbal communication
  • time management
  • active listening and learning
  • critical thinking and decision making

Departmental Deep Dive

Kayla Barnett

I chose criminal justice, because I knew I always wanted to do something to make an impact. With this major, there are so many opportunities to make a change. Bloomsburg prepared me for success by challenging me and also by having many opportunities to learn about my field.

Kayla Barnett '21
Criminal Justice
Kayla Barnett
OCPD finds value in Bloomsburg's criminal justice program

Career Ready

Only five full-time officers were hired to the Ocean City Police Department in Maryland in 2018. Three of those five officers were Bloomsburg University graduates, who said some of the material the police academy taught were topics already covered in Bloomsburg’s criminal justice classes. Huskies are ahead of their peers, even after graduation.

Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert Moschgat Award

Dr. Robert “Bob” Moschgat, who passed away unexpectedly July 25, 2020, was a fixture in our criminal justice program for seven years. He was often the first professor criminal justice students interacted with, as he regularly taught Introduction to Criminal Justice. Bob will be forever remembered for his deep devotion to his students, academic expertise, and effervescent personality. Bob had a way of making students feel comfortable and important, while encouraging them to achieve academic success. Because his unwavering, passionate support for students led to so many of them citing his influence on their experience at BU, the annual award given to the top graduating criminal justice student each spring will be known as the Dr. Robert Moschgat Award.

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Rehabilitative Justice Certificate Program

Through this certificate program we provide education and training and a foundation for achievement to complete two-year and four-year degrees in preparation for employment in high-demand fields with up to above-average job market growth in rural, suburban, and urban communities.

Criminal Justice Contacts

Christopher Podeschi

Christopher Podeschi, Ph.D.

  • Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, and Criminal Justice, Associate Professor of Sociology
Bloomsburg University Employee

Gwen Stancavage

  • Secretary for the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

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