B.A. On Campus

Criminal Justice

Pennsylvania State University

48 months
37946 USD/year
36476 USD/year
18898 USD/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
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This Criminal Justice major at Pennsylvania State University includes study in law enforcement, courts and corrections individually and as components of a system, plus work in theories of crime causation, and crime control policy.


Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice from Pennsylvania State University should understand each of the three main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the crime phenomenon and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors.

Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be rigorously applied and developed throughout the degree program. The Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice and the criminal justice system.


The Bachelor of Arts degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate, or professional study, or informed citizenship.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Policing in America
  • Courts and the Prosecution Process
  • Corrections in America
  • The Juvenile Justice System
  • Criminology
  • Race, Ethnicity and Culture
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Early Action deadline for first-year domestic students (and recommended deadline for international students): November 1.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official test scores: SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency, if your native language is not English

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37946 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37946 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    36476 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 36476 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    18898 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18898 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for University Park

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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