Have you ever been curious about the criminal justice system and how it works? The American criminal justice system is charged with providing for public protection with equitable enforcement of statutory laws, protecting the rights of the citizenry, ensuring due process, and punishing offenders for violating criminal laws. The criminal justice system accomplishes these tasks through the direct interaction of its three primary components; law enforcement, the judicial system and corrections.
Through the Criminal Justice program, you will study topics within each of these three areas as they pertain to criminal and deviant behavior in our social world. Topics covered range from basic criminal justice terminology, court systems, theory, probation and parole, community corrections, juvenile justice, forensics, criminal investigation, U.S. Constitution, criminal procedure & law, ethics, deviance and victimology.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide the foundation necessary for optimal transfer to bachelor degree programs in criminal justice or related fields. Pennsylvania Highlands does this by partnering with four-year institutions through the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PATRAC). Once a student completes their A.S. in Criminal Justice here, they will have the opportunity to complete their bachelor's degree at a participating institution. This allows students to transfer their entire associate's degree program credits and enter a participating institution as a junior.
Students can be confident that they will learn the skills necessary to either enter the criminal justice workforce or pursue further education and/or training. Students will have the opportunity to pursue a variety of jobs in this chosen field.
Victim Advocacy Counselor
Victim Services Trainee
Probation Officer Trainee
Corrections Officer Trainee
Institutional Parole Assistant
DCNR (Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources) Ranger Trainee
Specialized Law Enforcement Instructor
Youth Detention Counselor
Crime Statistics Analyst
Retail Loss Prevention
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Criminal Law & Procedure
Deviance & Victimology
Criminal Investigation & Policing