Associate in Science Degree
The Associate in Science in Criminal Justice provides students with knowledge of the
criminal justice system (law enforcement, court system, and corrections) and stages
of the criminal justice process. The curriculum includes coursework in criminal justice,
criminology, law enforcement, criminal justice ethics, criminal and constitutional law, as
well as written, verbal, and non-verbal communications. This degree prepares students
either for immediate employment or for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. The
Associate Criminal Justice Degree program combines technical courses required for
job preparation and college-level general education courses.
Program Learning Outcomes
• Translate classroom theory into applying basic investigative techniques for
developing solutions to crime problems.
• Use critical thinking skills to understand and analyze verbal, non-verbal and
cultural communications in the field of criminal justice.
• Explain and analyze different social, legal and political responses to
• Define and explain the major reform movements which have substantially impacted
the policing profession in America.
• Define and explain the ethics and ethical paradoxes that face criminal justice
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.
In addition to the 36 credits of general education and elective requirements, students are
required to take a core group of courses associated with their major to total 76 credits.
Criminal Justice Core Courses – 40 credits
BUS220 Principles of Management
CRI100 Criminal Justice
CRI135 Introduction to Corrections
CRI225 Juvenile Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration
CRI245 Criminal Investigation
CRI321 Police Operations
CRI380 Psychology of the Criminal
CRI395 Essential Criminal Justice Research
HSM205 Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis
INT299 Associate Degree Internship
LGS170 Criminal Procedure
LGS265 Criminal Law
STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar