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Criminal Justice

Make a difference in your community and stand out from your peers with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Learn skills relevant to today’s criminal justice system, including crime investigation, law enforcement process, and prosecution of offenders. The criminal justice program allows you to obtain leadership positions across law enforcement, corrections, the court system and more.

Criminal Justice B.S. Degree

The criminal justice program offers a foundation in criminal law, legal procedures, theory, scientific research, ethics and diversity.  Areas of study include law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. The curriculum is designed to offer a balance of theory and application through various service learning and internship opportunities. In addition, the program prepares students for graduate and/or professional studies.

Criminal Justice A.S. Degree

The criminal justice curriculum, designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program, provides students with a solid foundation in criminal justice and the liberal arts. Students successfully completing this degree may continue at Keystone College and earn a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Students meeting all graduation requirements receive an associate in science degree.

Minor

Keystone’s criminal justice or criminal-justice investigation minors are great supplements for anyone interested in law and criminal justice.

Real World Experience

Certain lessons can only be learned through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom. A criminal justice internships can help you develop your experience by learning the ropes from more experienced professionals and it is the best way to bridge the gap between going to school and landing a great job. You’ll gain relevant real world experience that can help you decide if a career in Criminal Justice is the right career choice for you.

Your Future in Criminal Justice

Earning an undergraduate degree in criminal justice can prepare you for graduate studies or help you get hired for many different job opportunities within the criminal justice system. There are many career options in the criminal justice field that that you may want to consider including police officer, probation officer, FBI agent or computer forensic specialist. With so many roles and options available, you can find a job that is a good fit for your unique interests, skills, talents, and salary expectations.

Inside Out Prison Exchange Program

Inmates and college students learn about criminal justice together. Not only does the class give inmates a chance to learn what a college class is like, it helps break down stereotypes—from both sides.

Our Graduates

Our criminal justice graduates have been hired by Allied Terrace, the ARC, Bethesda Day Treatment, Brier and Brier Law Office, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Delaware State Police, Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity Training Center, FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Friendship House, Glove House Inc. (adolescent group home), JC Penny Loss Prevention, Keystone College Office of Public Safety, Keystone College Resources, Kobel Law Firm, Lackawanna County House Arrest and Work Release, Lourdesmont, Luzerne County Juvenile Center, Overfield Township Police, PA Attorney General’s Office, PA Liquor Control Board, PA State Police, PA State Unemployment Office Scranton Counseling Center, Scranton Health Care, ROTC, Towanda Borough Police Department, Troy Police Departments, Wayne County Probation Department, Wyoming County 911, Wyoming County Correctional Facility, Youth Services Agency.

Graduates have also continued their studies at East Stroudsburg University, St. Joseph’s University, Shippensburg University and Widener University.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Criminal Justice B.S. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • College Writing I
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • First Year Seminar
  • Math Elective
  • Technology Course
Second Semester

  • General Psychology
  • Policing in America
  • Corrections in America
  • College Writing II
  • Science Elective – Lab Course (Environmental Sustainability recommended)
Second Year
First Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Criminology
  • State and Local Government
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective 2,000+ level or higher
  • Speech Communication
  • Public Policy or Constitutional / Criminal Law
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Minor Elective
Third Year
First Semester

  • Ethics Elective
  • Curricular Elective
  • Statistics for the Social Sciences or Statistics
  • Minor Elective
  • Free Elective
Second Semester

  • Curricular Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Free Elective
 Fourth Year
 First Semester

  • Curricular Elective
  • Research Implementation or Statistics and Research Analysis
  • Minor Elective
  • Minor Elective
  • Free Elective
  • SOC 4705
Second Semester

  • Field Experience or Curricular Elective 3,000/4,000 level
  • Senior Seminar
  • Curricular Elective
  • Leadership Strategies or Police Operations & Management
  • Free Elective

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

Curriculum Guide for the Criminal Justice A.S. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • College Writing I
  • Critical and Analytical Reading
  • First Year Seminar
  • College Algebra or higher
  • Technology Course

 

Second Semester

  • General Psychology
  • Policing in America
  • Corrections in America
  • College Writing II
  • Science Elective – Lab Course (Environmental Sustainability recommended)

 

Second Year
First Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective
  • Criminology
  • Free Elective
  • State and Local Government or Public Policy
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Adolescence, or Adulthood and Aging
Second Semester

  • Speech Communication
  • Free Elective
  • Field Experience I / Curricular Elective
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Arts and Humanities Elective

 

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

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