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Criminal Justice (A.S.)

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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. The College 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.

Program Objectives

  • Define the major concepts, theoretical perspectives of the criminal justice system (courts, criminal law, criminal procedures, and the adult and juvenile justice systems), and history as they relate to the disciplines of sociology and criminology.
  • Identify and analyze emerging trends (deviance, victimology, punishment, etc.) in the criminal justice field through research and statistical data.
  • Introduce strategies for working with diverse populations by recognizing and developing skills such as ethical standards, leadership principles, and legal practices in law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections. Apply skills and knowledge working with diverse populations in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole.
  • Communicate and apply fundamental ethical, management, leadership, and legal guidelines (e.g., Constitutional law) which govern the field of Criminal Justice.

Requirements / Course Sequence

All course requirements and the recommended sequence of courses for this program can be found through the College's Online Academic Catalog. Click here to access the catalog for details on our Criminal Justice program.


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