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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. This degree is designed for immediate employment or preparation for a bachelor of science degree program.

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 criminal behavior.
  • 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 professionals.

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 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
  • LGS210 Evidence
  • LGS265 Criminal Law
  • STS300 Job Pursuit Seminar

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