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BSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

Delivered by nationally-known, award-winning faculty, the bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University blends practice and theory. Students learn how the legal system works with an indepth look at the American court system, legal reasoning, and research.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Additionally students explore the role of law enforcement and examine corrections and rehabilitation strategies to determine what methods work best to keep offenders from repeating their mistakes and communities safe. Overall, students will get an in depth look at the professions, policy, and challenges of crime and justice in American society, while pointing to tools to develop solutions.


Our bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portland State University foster skills that are sought after in the field and that drive hiring and promotion decisions.

Career opportunities can span from politics to business, investigations, law enforcement agencies, nonprofit leadership, and beyond. Apply your knowledge and skillset to become a leader in whatever area you choose.

Jobs in the criminology and criminal justice include police officers, deputies, probation/parole officers, correctional officers, private security, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, magistrates and legal assistants, victim advocates, case managers, federal law enforcement, policy, and crime analysts.


Courses Included

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Policing in America
  • Punishment and Corrections
  • American Courts
  • Theories of Crime & Justice
  • Crime Control Strategies
  • Crime Analysis