Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Edinboro University

Take charge of your career with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Are you a born leader with an inquisitive mind and a knack for solving problems? Do you hold yourself and others to high ethical standards? Are you willing to work hard for what you believe in? If so, you can find success as a Criminal Justice major.

The program at Edinboro goes beyond vocational training to enhance your understanding of human behavior. Energetic faculty with experience in multiple disciplines will guide you through the fundamentals of policing, courts and corrections. At the same time, you will hone your critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and gain an understanding of basic statistics, research and applied ethics.

You’ll have the opportunity to narrow your field of interest through coursework in juvenile justice, probation and parole, criminal investigations and more. When you graduate, you will be well prepared for a wide range of career opportunities and a lifetime of community service and civic engagement.

Expert Faculty

Accomplished faculty instruct, guide, and inspire Edinboro students to achieve and lead. EU faculty are recognized for their commitment to student success and creating a personal and engaging academic environment.

Experiential Learning

The Edinboro experience extends well beyond the classroom. EU students prepare for careers and life through opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborative research with faculty, global travel, and internships.

Modern Facilities

Fighting Scots live, work, and play in state-of-the-art facilities on EU’s picturesque 585-acre campus. Located just 20 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth-largest city, Edinboro is bustling with exciting activities.

Learn the ins and outs of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers detailed information about different career paths, median pay and job outlook for Criminal Justice majors.

See what it’s like in the real world.

While internships are not required, they are highly recommended to expand your knowledge of the criminal justice system and to further explore your particular field of interest. Edinboro Criminal Justice majors have outstanding opportunities to get hands-on experience in a variety of areas, including:


Federal agencies

Local jails

Medical examiner offices

Police departments

Probation agencies

State prisons

Victim services agencies

What can you do with this degree?

Follow your passion and you will find success in any number of careers. Some graduates work in law enforcement, state police agencies and at correctional facilities. Others find employment in related fields such as victim-witness services, rape crisis centers, counseling and medical examiner offices. Still others head to the military, private security or go on to complete their bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or a related field.

Mark Weidner (BA ‘01) - US Secret Service (Retired)

Mark Schau (BA ‘04) - PA State Trooper (Retired), Chief, Erie County Detective Unit

Seth Fragale (BA ‘04) - PA State Trooper

Matt Barley (BA ‘05) - US Customs and Border Protection

Eli Visnick (BA ‘05) - Police Officer, Maryland

Joshua Battin (BA ‘06) - Professor, Mansfield University

Justin Bouch (BA ‘06) - New Kensington Police Department

Ben Harris (BA ‘07) - US Customs and Border Protection

Ryan Valasek (BA ‘07) - Federal Air Marshal Service

Sean Ellenberger (BA ‘13) - PA Department of Corrections

"Our students are immensely talented, creative and successful in many different areas of the criminal justice system. I’m quite proud of who our students become and the opportunities our graduates pursue. The possibilities for our students are only limited by their imaginations."

Dr. Delbert Rounds, Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, Anthropology and Forensic Studies


Dr. Delbert Rounds, Department Chair
Phone: 814.732.2404

Edinboro University

219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814.732.2000