Criminal Justice

Bloomsburg University's criminal justice program prepares students for a career in the criminal justice and legal systems, as well as entry into graduate or law school. Through a career-focused curriculum, students learn the history and philosophy of the legal and criminal justice systems, while exploring the latest trends in law and society with an emphasis on race, ethnicity, culture and gender.

The criminal justice faculty are strong academics who have practical experience in law and criminal justice professions, which they share in the classroom and through advising. In addition, the faculty are active researchers, as well as expert sources for local, state and national media.

Criminal Justice Faculty

  • Rodger Benefiel, assistant professor
  • Scott Duncan, instructor
  • Eric Lesneskie, associate professor
  • Bob Moschgat, assistant professor
  • Ali Ozdogan, assistant professor
  • Kelly Roth, assistant professor
  • Leo Barrile, professor emeritus
      Available upon request as a tutor for criminal justice students

Criminal Justice ROTC Cadet

Army ROTC cadet Jacob Coombe, a criminal justice major, completed Air Assault School this summer at Fort Campbell, Ky. — an intense 10-day training course preparing soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions using multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters.

Coombe was among 39 soldiers to graduate out of the 80 original incoming class.

McCormick Center

Criminal justice program ranked Top 10 in state, a career planning website, named BU one of the top ten schools in the state for criminal justice majors. Its ranking criteria included mean earnings of criminal justice majors six to 10 years after graduation; the percentage of the graduating class of the school that are criminal justice majors, and school performance, such as admissions rate, graduation rate and median amount of debt after college.

BU, ranked 10th, was the only State System school on the list. According to, BU’s graduating class size is 2,532 of which 152 were criminal justice majors. The mid-career earnings of a BU criminal justice graduate is about $46,300 annually.