Criminal Justice Degree
You will learn skills relevant to today’s criminal justice system, including crime investigation, law enforcement process, and prosecution of offenders. The criminal justice degree allows you to obtain leadership positions across law enforcement, corrections, the court system and more.
Criminal Justice B.S. Degree
The bachelor of science in Criminal Justice degree 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 criminal justice 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.
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. The program was founded on the simple hypothesis that incarcerated men and women and college students might mutually benefit from studying together as peers.
A criminal justice internship 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.
The Keystone College Juvenile Justice Institute, provides real-life opportunities for students and help for area children. It is dedicated to improving the lives of youth and families through development and implementation of evidence-based, trauma-responsive programs designed to strengthen communities, promote peaceful conflict resolution, and reduce delinquency and juvenile incarceration.
Criminal Justice Careers
Earning a degree in criminal justice can prepare you for many career options in the criminal justice field. You can create positive change for your community and excel in many different positions including police officer, probation officer, FBI agent or computer forensic specialist. Keystone graduates have been hired by various employers in the criminal justice field:
Law Enforcement: Department of Justice, FBI, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Keystone College Office of Public Safety, Wyoming County Correctional Facility, PA State Police
Youth and Social Services: The ARC, Bethesda Day Treatment, Friendship House, Lourdesmont, Luzerne County Juvenile Center, Scranton Counseling Center
Legal: PA Attorney General’s Officem PA Liquor Control Board, Wayne County Probation Department
Graduates have also continued their studies at East Stroudsburg University, St. Joseph’s University, Shippensburg University and Widener University.
Featured CJ Alums
Timothy McHale '19
Criminal Justice major Timothy McHale was recently sworn in as a Scranton police officer.
Alishia Allegrucci ’10
Criminal Justice major Alishia Allegrucci. “Keystone professors helped me achieve my goals by guiding me to my fields of interest and introducing me to people who helped me grow .”
Stacy Davis ’00 Bell
Criminal Justice News
Keystone College hosted a talk by Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse on February 10.
Workplace Environment students are gaining an awareness of the variety of criminal justice, psychology, and social science careers in the region.
Officers Robert Stelmak and Martin Monahan from the Scranton Police Department recently gave presentations with their K9 officers Attyro and Ember to Criminal Justice students.
Real World Experience
From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct hands-on experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest techniques to succeed in the real world.