Criminal Justice - BA

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  • “I appreciate the fact that all of my criminal justice professors are honest and teach us the truths of our system. "

    Alexis Field, a 2017 graduate from Pine City, NY

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    Program Contact: Tony Gaskew, Ph.D.

    Our program is designed to give you 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 will provide you with more than 30 specialized criminal justice courses to select from, including Terrorism in a Post 9/11 World; Substance Abuse and Treatment; Islam and Social Justice; Drugs, Crime and Social Policy; Law Enforcement Operations; and Organized Crime in America.

    You will be taught by professors who not only have PhDs, but also have more than 40 years of combined professional experience in criminal investigations, adult probation, corrections, substance abuse counseling and juvenile delinquency. You'll learn to work as a team, gaining hands-on experience using some of the most technologically advanced criminal forensic equipment in the country with our Crime Scene Investigation House and Lab. You'll take part in an internship within local, state, and federal criminal agencies nationwide to gain real-world experience; be provided with research opportunities to expand your leadership skills; and complete a capstone course project to bring it all together.

    What you can do with a degree in Criminal Justice. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements


    Course requirements in the major


    Note:


    *An earned minimum grade of C- is required in the above core courses.

    Other core requirements


    choose three of the following four courses

    Credits: 30


    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.

    Law Enforcement


    Corrections


    Courts, Policy, and Justice


    Total additional credits: 18


    Total credits required for the major: 48


    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-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.

    Additional Information:

    Criminal justice major Nicki Kellogg presented a program on campus about human trafficking.

    Learn more about our CSI HouseRead what students have to say about the new facility.

    Watch a night-time exercise in the CSI House and Professor Gaskew explain more about the criminal justice program.

    Students in our Criminal Justice Club are working with federal inmates to prepare them for their release. Read more

     Dr. Tony Gaskew, associate professor, has written a book about how law officers can understand the Muslim community better in a post-9/11 world and is taking part in a two-year FBI research project to create a database to help law enforcement handle hostage situations.

    Gaskew Tony

    Dr. Tony Gaskew

    tog6@pitt.edu

    Director, Criminal Justice Program and Professor of Criminal Justice

    814-362-7636

    233B Swarts Hall


    Brougham, Patricia

    Dr. Patricia Brougham

    brougham@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    814-362-7512

    233C Swarts Hall


    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Officer, U.S. Secret Service assigned to the White House, Washington, D.C.  
    • Agent, U.S. Border Patrol in Orlando, FL
    • Intensive adult probation officer, McKean County Adult Probation, Smethport, PA
    • Police officer, Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia
    • Case worker, Forest-Warren Human Services in North Warren, PA
    • Correctional Officer, Davidson County Sheriff's Office in Nashville, TN
    • Assistant chief, Bradford City Police Department, Bradford, PA
    • Police officer, Prince William County (VA) Police Department
    Graduate School:
    • Point Park University
    • Villanova University's Charles Widger School of Law
    • Marywood University
    • University of Cincinnati
    • Slippery Rock University
    • Syracuse University School of Law