IUP's Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice is "No Place for Hate." As educators and students of criminology and criminal justice, we are committed to preventing and fighting racism, discrimination, and injustice with action, knowledge, and courage.

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers students seeking careers in Criminology a broad liberal arts education that encourages them to think critically about crime and justice issues and also prepares them for careers in the criminal justice system.

The degree offered is the bachelor of arts with a major in criminology and the bachelor of arts with a major in criminology pre-law. Additionally, students may minor in criminology. Through the School of Graduate Studies and Research, the department also offers graduate work at both the master's and doctoral levels.

Congratulations spring and summer 2019 Criminology graduates! We'd like to keep in touch with you after graduation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Top 20 most frequently asked questions by prospective students concerning IUP's undergraduate Criminology program.

Student Organizations

The Criminology Department sponsors several student organizations: Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminology Association, the Criminology Graduate Student Organization, and the IUP Chapter of the Pennsylvania Prison Society.

Student Checklist

Student Checklist 

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and awards in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department

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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Distinguished Alumni Panel

Two Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice alumni, selected as this year's Distinguished Alumni, will present on a panel on April 8.

IUP Criminology Master’s Program Ranked Top in Pennsylvania by Intelligent.Com

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s online master’s in criminology has been ranked second in the nation and first in Pennsylvania by Intelligent.com in its 2022 Best Online Programs in Criminology listing. The ranking is due in part to IUP’s reputation as a research university.

Phi Kappa Phi Reynolds Scholarship Awardee Selected

The Indiana University of Pennsylvania chapter of the interdisciplinary honor society of Phi Kappa Phi has selected Bradley Welman as this year’s recipient of the annual Reynolds Scholarship.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Distinguished Alumni Panel

Three alumni will be honored as Distinguished Alumni and will share their professional experiences and advice on April 20, 2021, via Zoom. Attendance vouchers will be available.

Spinelli Family Donation Supports Criminology Award Honoring Gregory Spinelli

Dolores Spinelli Gigliotti ’70 and her husband, Vincent, gifted the school with $2.4 million that will fund scholarships in her brother and fathers’ names.