The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice teaches students the fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminal justice skills. Areas of study include corrections, law enforcement, and the court system. The program develops knowledge of human behavior, the social environment and community resources while providing an introduction to the complex network within the criminal justice system. The curriculum is designed to offer a balance of theory and application to encourage and develop critical thinking skills. The degree in Criminal Justice enables students and current police officers to enhance their skill and knowledge base in working with diverse populations, and provides a foundation for those wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related course of study.
Criminal Justice is a rapidly growing field of interest. The Criminal Justice program provides the opportunity to build a solid foundation in the area of criminal justice, which will help to prepare students for various entry-level positions in areas such as:
- Corrections Officer
- Police Officer (To be employed in Pennsylvania. an individual must successfully complete a certified Act 120 program.)
- PA State Police Officer Eligibility
- Corporate Security Officer
- Police-Community Liaison
- Juvenile Justice Worker
- Probation/Parole Officer
- School Security
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- 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.
Obtaining the Degree
To earn the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice, students must:
- Matriculate into the program.
- Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements of 63 credits.