Program Facts

  • GU Criminal Justice Facts

    • Criminal justice majors can choose to pursue the Duquesne Law School 3+3 Program and complete their undergraduate and law school experience in six years, instead of seven.
    • Gannon alumni from the criminal justice program work at places such as: the Erie Bureau of Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Erie County Adult Probation, Pennsylvania State Parole, Erie County Juvenile Probation, Millcreek Police, Perseus House, Inc., Vision Quest Inc., ABRAXAS, Perseus House, Stairways, Gaudenzia, SCI Albion, the PA Office of Attorney General, the F.B.I., I.C.E., Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Dept., D.C. Capitol Police, Ocean City Police, Supreme Court Police Department, ASET Corporation, Cleveland Police Department, and Secret Service.
    • Criminal justice students participate in both internships and service learning projects as a way to acquire hands-on experience in the real world. 

    Major Facts

    • Employment projections for positions in criminal justice through the year 2018 are expected to increase by 10 percent (growing faster than the average for graduates with four-year degrees). 
    •  The median annual wage for law enforcement personnel is approximately $55,000 or higher. 
    •  Upon graduation, approximately 97% of Gannon’s Criminal Justice students are employed or enter into a graduate program.

    About the Program

    • The Criminal Justice Program maintains a student-centered environment with personal advising and mentoring from the CRJS faculty. As part of this, we offer students small class sizes, service-learning opportunities and internship placements.
    • Our campus is located within walking distance to various criminal justice and social service agencies. Faculty our students to visit the Erie County Coroner's Office, SCI Cambridge Springs, SCI Albion, Perseus House, City of Erie Bureau of Police Department, Gannondale, Edmund L. Thomas Detention Center, and county and federal court houses. Students are also able to observe both criminal and juvenile justice hearings.
    • Our diverse faculty is comprised of both academics and practitioners with experience working in the criminal justice field, including retired agents from both the FBI and CIA. This allows us to provide students with innovative elective courses, including crime mapping, terrorism, interview and interrogation, forensic techniques, and firearms. 
    • Eligible criminal justice students have an opportunity to participate in Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the national criminal justice honor society. APS students have attended conferences in Seattle, San Diego and Toronto, most of which were funded by Gannon's Student Government Association.