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Criminal Justice/Psychology, B.S.

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Dual Major in Criminal Justice and Psychology

Prepare for a career in law enforcement and the human services with a double major.

Why Study Criminal Justice and Psychology?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Complete major requirements in criminal justice and psychology.
  • Participate in courses that will provide you with research and analytical skills.
  • Engage with faculty and mentors and present undergraduate research at national conferences.
  • Gain practical experience during various internship opportunities.
  • Pursue graduate school programs in sociology, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, law or social work.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 100% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 175 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Program Goals

Criminal Justice Goals

  • Examine the foundations of the criminal justice system in the United States.
  • Differentiate the theoretical perspectives generated by criminal justice theorists.
  • Gather and analyze data relevant to criminal justice systems.
  • Demonstrate ethical practices in criminal justice.
  • Examine the constitutional foundations of the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluate the multiple ways in which diversity impacts the criminal justice system.
  • Examine and evaluate potential career paths in the criminal justice field.

Psychology Goals

GOAL 1 Content Knowledge and Applications

  • 1.1 Describe key concepts, principles, and theories in psychological science.
  • 1.2 Develop a working knowledge of psychology’s major subfields.
  • 1.3 Portray significant aspects of the history of psychological science.
  • 1.4 Apply psychological content to solve practical problems.
  • 1.5 Provide examples of psychology’s integrative themes*

GOAL 2 Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking

  • 2.1 Exercise scientific reasoning to investigate psychological phenomena.
  • 2.2 Interpret, design, and evaluate psychological research.
  • 2.3 Incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific research practices.
  • 2.4 Use statistics to evaluate quantitative research findings.

GOAL 3 Values in Psychological Science

  • 3.1 Employ ethical standards in research, practice, and academic contexts.
  • 3.2 Develop and practice interpersonal and intercultural responsiveness.
  • 3.3 Apply psychological principles to strengthen community and improve quality of life.

GOAL 4 Communication, Psychological Literacy, and Technology Skills

  • 4.1 Interact effectively with others.
  • 4.2 Write and present effectively for different purposes.
  • 4.3 Provide evidence of psychological literacy.
  • 4.4 Exhibit appropriate technological skills to improve communication.

Juvenile Justice Institute

The JJI gives students the opportunity to use evidence-based, trauma-responsive programs designed to help area children and reduce delinquency and juvenile incarceration.

What can I do with a degree in criminal justice and psychology?

Career Options

  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • FBI agent
  • Computer forensic specialist
  • Corrections officer
  • Counselor


  • Department of Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Wyoming County Correctional Facility
  • PA State Police
  • Luzerne County Detention Center
  • PA Liquor Control Board

“Getting my degree in criminal justice/psychology at Keystone prepared me to work as a volunteer in AmeriCorps and be accepted to the college of my choice, Marymount University. After graduation, I left feeling confident and prepared to for a career in forensic and legal psychology.”

Emily Pharr, Class of 2019
Dual Major in Criminal Justice and Psychology

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


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increase in jobs over the next 10 years


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Amazing opportunities—on campus and beyond

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Inside Out Program

Inmates and college students learn about criminal justice together. Not only does the class give inmates a chance to learn what a college class is like, it helps break down stereotypes—from both sides.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships.

Timothy McHale
Scranton Police K9


Students in the CJ/Psychology Club participate in individual projects, observe group demonstrations, and attend the many conferences and other excursions.

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Featured Faculty

Marie Andreoli, PhD

Marie Andreoli, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Deborah Doyle Belknap, JD, PhD

Deborah Doyle Belknap, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology  
William Chase II, PsyD

William Chase II, PsyD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair of Social and Behavioral Sciences Department
Steven R. Howell, PhD

Steven R. Howell, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Computer Science
Stacey Wyland

Stacey Wyland

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice   

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