Central Penn College - Criminal Justice Bachelor's and Associate Degree Programs

Central Penn College

 

Criminal Justice

Bachelor's and Associate Degrees

In a Criminal Justice career, you do more than just solve the case. You make a difference, each and every day. At Central Penn College, our Criminal Justice Administration bachelor’s degree and Criminal Justice associate degree prepare our graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the legal, practical and theoretical aspects of the criminal justice system, as well as specialty subject matter relative to unique career ambitions.

Criminal Justice students will receive hands-on learning in College facilities including trial experience, investigation of a crime scene and managing of a simulated investigation. Students will learn how to develop, organize, and manage various projects concentrating on crime prevention, asset protection, investigative concepts and crisis management.

Students’ communication skills will be developed through presentations and writing projects, with their analytical ability tested through hands-on evaluation methods. Studying a Criminal Justice degree at Central Penn College is an interactive experience, taking you beyond the standard classroom lecture, and immersing you in the field.

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Admissions Requirements

In addition to Central Penn's standard admissions requirements, a personal and professional background investigation is a required component of virtually all federal, state, and local agencies offering internships or employment to graduates of the Criminal Justice Administration degree program.

Only those persons who are capable of passing a governmental background investigation and would otherwise be eligible for a governmental security clearance should consider enrolling in a Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration or Homeland Security Management degree program.

Individuals who enter these degree programs with a disqualifying personal or professional history or for those who engage in a disqualifying activity while attending Central Penn may be precluded from obtaining an internship or employment in the career field after graduation.

Internship/Capstone Course

As a career-oriented college and in addition to our hands-on curriculum, Central Penn requires all students to complete an internship. This opportunity allows students to participate and experience their future careers in the real world. Internships are 180 hours in length and include a research project tailored to the individual's career path.

Continuing education and online students may complete a capstone course in place of the traditional internship. This can be done at both the associate and bachelor’s degree levels. This course requires an extensive research project and paper related to the student’s chosen career path.

Academic Road Map

Roadmap: Criminal Justice Administration– Bachelor of Science 

Department of Criminal Justice

Catalog Year: Proposed

 This Roadmap is a recommended term-by-term plan of study for this major. However, courses and milestones designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. 

CRITICAL

COURSE SUBJECT AND TITLE

CREDIT HOURS

ATTRIBUTE

NOTES

TERM 1

Fall 2017

 

CRI100 Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

Core class

 

 

CRI135 Introduction to Corrections

3

Core Class

 

 

ENG100

3

 

 

 

IDS100 Freshman Seminar

3

 

 

TERM 2

Winter 2018

 

CRI225 Juvenile Justice

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS170 Criminal Procedure

3

Core Class

 

 

ENG200

3

 

 

 

MTH101/105

3

 

 

TERM 3

Spring 2018

 

LGS180 Historical Perspectives of the Constitution

3

Core course

 

 

BUS220 Principles of Management

3

Core Course

 

 

100 level HIS, POL, PSY, SOC

3

 

 

 

ENG110 Oral Communications

3

 

 

TERM 4

Summer 2018

 

CRI285 Societal Changes in Victimology

3

Core Class

 

 

LGS265 Criminal Law

3

Core Class

 

 

200 Level HIS, POL., PSY, SOC

3

 

 

 

200 level Math

3

 

 

TERM 5

Fall 2018

 

LGS210 Evidence

3

Core Class

 

 

CRI245 Criminal Investigation

3

Core Class

 

 

100 level or higher math, Science or Technology

3

 

 

 

100 level or higher math, Science or Technology

3

 

 

TERM 6

Winter 2019

 

CRI312 Investigative Report writing

3

Core course

 

 

HSM205 Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis

3

Core course

 

 

100 level or higher Humanities

3

 

 

 

100 level or higher open elective

3

 

 

TERM 7

Spring 2019

 

CRI321 Police Operations

3

Core course

 

 

CRI395 Criminal Justice Research

3

Core Course

 

 

300+ level open elective

3

 

 

 

200+ level Science

3

 

 

TERM 8

Summer 2019

 

BUS365 Organizational Behavior

3

Core Course

 

 

200+ level HIS, POL, PSY, SOC

3

 

 

 

100+ CRI, HSM, LGS

3

 

Choice elective

 

300+ level open elective

3

 

 

TERM 9

Fall 2019

 

CRI365 Cyber Investigations

3

Core Course

 

 

300+ level open elective

3

 

 

 

100+ level CRI, HSM, LGS

3

 

Choice elective

 

300+ level CRI, HSM, LGS

3

 

Choice elective

TERM 10

Winter 2020

 

300+ level Humanities

3

 

 

 

300+ level open elective

3

 

 

 

300+ level  open elective

3

 

 

 

300+ CRI, HSM, LGS

3

 

Choice elective

 

STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

1

 

 

TERM 11

Spring 2020

 

INT499 Internship

3

 

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY

MINIMUM TOTAL HOURS

GENERAL EDUCAION REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM CPC CORE HOURS

MINIMJM

MAJOR GPA

OVERALL GPA

124

60

52

n/a

n/a

Choice Classes: Total of 4 classes with 2 of these classes at the 300 level or higher;

Students must complete these 4 classes from any course labeled CRI, HSM or LGS for this requirement. 

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