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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.
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

  • Security Officer
  • 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
  • Evidence Technician
  • Youth Detention Counselor
  • Legal Assistant
  • Crime Statistics Analyst
  • Insurance Investigator
  • Retail Loss Prevention 

Recommended Sequence of Courses.

Semester I

  • FYE 100 - First Year Experience
  • ENG 110 - English Composition I
  • SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  • CIT 100 - Microcomputer Applications
  • CRJ 110 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • MAT 145 - College Algebra or
  • MAT 200 - Probability and Statistics

Semester II

  • COM 101 - Public Speaking
  • CRJ 105 - Institutional and Community Corrections
  • CRJ 150 - Juvenile Justice
  • ENG 200 - English Composition II: Studies in Literature
  • PSY 100 - General Psychology
  • TRN 115 - Introduction to Transfer

Semester III

  • BIO 104 - Principles of Biology I Lecture
  • BIO 114 - Principles of Biology I Lab
  • CRJ 115 - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 215 - Criminal Law and Procedure
  • CRJ 225 - Criminological Theory
  • SOC 200 - Contemporary Social Issues

Semester IV

  • BIO 106 - Principles of Biology II Lecture
  • BIO 116 - Principles of Biology II Lab
  • CRJ 235 - Criminal Investigation and Policing
  • CRJ 260 - Deviance & Victimology
  • PSY 200 - Abnormal Psychology
  • ART 101 - Introduction to Art History or MUS 100 - Introduction to Music or PHI 110 - Introduction to Philosophy

Minimum credits to earn A.S. degree: 64


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