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Bachelor of Science Degree Program in Criminal Justice Administration

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Criminal Justice Administration will prepare
students to meet the growing demand for college educated criminal justice practitioners
in the public or private sector. This academically rigorous program is designed to provide
graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system, relative
bodies of law, and specialty subject matter consistent with each student’s unique career
ambitions. With due appreciation for the individual interests of program graduates, this
degree program allows students to select choice classes most consistently aligned with
their personal interests and professional goals. This eclectic approach enables students
to design a customized educational experience. Empowered with ability to either
focus or diversify choice classes, students enjoy the opportunity to either generalize or
specialize their studies.

Program Learning Outcomes
• Analyze and apply key management concepts, appropriate professional manner, and
ethical conduct to all aspects of the federal, state, local, or tribal agencies within the
criminal justice system.
• Demonstrate written, interpersonal communication, organizational, and technological skills that apply to problem-solving ability in the work environment.
• Demonstrate the appropriate human resource and employment practices and
correlate these concepts with the learned criminal justice techniques applicable to
diversified work environments.
• Develop, organize, and manage various projects concentrating on crime prevention,
asset protection, loss avoidance, investigative strategies, offender rehabilitation, and
crisis management.
• Demonstrate competence in devising policies and procedures for the director of a
criminal justice organization or the director of security in a large organization.
• Exhibit knowledge of relevant bodies of criminal and civil law, crime prevention
strategies, critical incident response protocols, police-community relations, and
professional ethics.

Admission 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
Criminal Justice degree programs.

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.

Program Requirements
In addition to the 60 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are
required to take a core group of courses and choice classes associated with their major
to total 124 credits. It is strongly recommended that CRI380 Psychology of the Criminal
and LGS220 Torts are part of the electives that Criminal Justice students take.
Criminal Justice Administration Core Courses – 52 credits
BUS220 Principles of Management
BUS365 Organizational Behavior
CRI100 Criminal Justice
CRI135 Introduction to Corrections
CRI225 Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration
CRI245 Criminal Investigation
CRI285 Societal Changes in Victimology
CRI312 Investigative Report Writing
CRI321 Police Operations
CRI365 Cyber Investigations
CRI395 Essential Criminal Justice Research
HSM205 Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
INT499 Bachelor Degree Internship
LGS170 Criminal Procedure
LGS180 Historical Perspectives of the Constitution
LGS210 Evidence
LGS265 Criminal Law
STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar


Choice Classes – 12 credits (6 credits must be at the 300 level or higher)
Students choose from a wide spectrum of courses to tailor their degree to their
individual interests. Students must complete 12 choice credits from any courses labeled
CRI, HSM, or LGS. Of the 12 choice credits, 6 credits must be taken at the 300 level
or higher.

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