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Our criminal justice major is based upon the enforcement of the law, detection of crimes, investigation of crimes, prosecution of offenders and eventual sentencing of individuals convicted in the criminal justice system.

Unlike many other criminal justice programs which are centered in psychology or sociology, Point Park University's criminal justice curriculum is based upon the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act and integrates social sciences, behavioral sciences and humanities as part of its interdisciplinary program.

Our University's Downtown Pittsburgh location makes it easy for judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and law enforcement officers to teach here. And there is no shortage of invaluable, career-focused internships and observations — from serving at Renewal, Inc., to meeting professionals from local Secret Service and FBI offices.

Pictured is criminal justice alumnus and Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert. Photo by Daniel Kelly.

Pittsburgh's Police Chief, Scott Schubert '07 & '10, is a Point Park University graduate.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park University's core curriculum and classes in the criminal justice major.

Some of the courses include:

  • Criminology
  • Evolution of Policing
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Corrections, Probation and Parole
  • Money Laundering
  • Criminal Profiling
  • Transnational Criminal Activities
  • Forensic Evidence I and II

Faculty bring industry experience to the classroom

Courses are taught by faculty who are passionate, experienced practitioners. The criminal justice program also features an active advisory board comprised of University faculty and working criminal justice professionals who designed the innovative curriculum. 

Meet the faculty
Pictured is criminal justice faculty member Andrew Richards, M.A.
    • 25 years of criminal investigation experience 
    • National fraud subject matter expert 
    • Served as a police and public information officer

Career Options

Point Park University's criminal justice program prepares students for positions as professionals in more than 50 career fields related to criminal justice.

These career choices are essential to the functioning of a democratic society because they prevent crime, protect life and property, uphold citizens' rights, safeguard civil rights, enforce laws and maintain social order.

Criminal justice graduates can pursue various career opportunities at the federal, state, county, city and township levels, such as:

  • State and Local Policing
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Judicial System


Student & Alumni Success

Learn about internships our student have completed and where our graduates have gone on to build their careers.

More profiles
Pictured is criminal justice student Michael Hansom.
Criminal justice major Michael Hansom discusses her internship with the Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.
Pictured is criminal justice alumnus Chris Ingram. | Photo by Chris Rolinson
"Earning a bachelor's and master's degree from Point Park has helped me with career advancement."

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