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Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Glenside, PA, United States
Arcadia University’s Criminal Justice major offers students a range of experiential learning opportunities as part of their broad-based liberal arts education.
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  • Students get hands-on investigative experience in Arcadia’s Crime Scene House and in our Cold Case Practicum.  While the murders investigated in the Crime Scene House are staged, the crime reviewed in the Cold Case Practicum is not.  Working with the American Investigative Society of Cold Case (AISOCC), Arcadia students review the actual investigative file of a real cold case, offering a fresh set of eyes to an unsolved criminal case. 
Still want more?
  • How about a course that lets you see the prison system from another perspective?  Criminal Justice majors can enroll in one of several Inside/Out courses Arcadia offers.  Led by an Arcadia faculty member, these courses meet once a week inside a Philadelphia County prison and feature a class composed half of Arcadia students and half of inmates from the institution.  
  • Or would you rather your research be used by practitioners in the criminal justice system? Students in “Applied Research in the Criminal Justice System” conduct research requested and used by the Pennsylvania Innocence Project and the Philadelphia Defender’s Association. 
What to Expect?
  • Study important issues such as corrections, juvenile justice, social policy, criminal behavior and criminal justice systemsDevelop an understanding of the relationship between the criminal justice system and other social institutionsThink comparatively about international issues in criminal justice
  • Select a concentration in Social Justice or Law Enforcement
  • Learn outside the classroom, through study abroad, internships, or participation in experiential courses like those described above
  • Take courses with the Head of the Montgomery County Bomb Squad, one of the leading civil rights attorneys in the area, and a veteran of twenty-five years of investigative work with the Philadelphia Police Department, as well as criminologists with expertise in a range of criminal justice issues
  • Gain a broad based and in-depth liberal arts education that provides you with an understanding of the world that will make you a better lawyer, police officer, justice reformer, or criminologist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Theories of Deviance and Criminality
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Writing for Social Sciences
  • Social Inequalities
  • Research Methods

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Application
  • Transcripts. Official High School Transcripts (in English )
  • Test Scores. International students must submit either SAT/ACT or Proof of English language proficiency
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Declaration of Financial Support.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43740 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43740 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43740 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Glenside

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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