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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 bachelor of science degree in criminal justice 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 associate’s in criminal justice degree 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.

Keystone College Professor Stacey Wyland discusses Keystone College's Criminal Justice program on WBRE's "PA live!"
Inside Out

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. The program was founded on the simple hypothesis that incarcerated men and women and college students might mutually benefit from studying together as peers. 

Real World Experience

Real World Experience and Internships for Criminal Justice

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. 

Juvenile Justice Institute

Juvenile Justice Institute

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 criminal justice degree 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.

CJ Club

CJ & Psychology Club

The Criminal Justice and Psychology Club provides an avenue for social expression and the exchange of ideas for students interested in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“The faculty here is wonderful in so many ways. They care about you and will do whatever it takes for you to do well and meet your goals.”

Jeremy Collins   |   Class of 2021
Excellence in Criminal Justice Award Recipient
Read more about Jeremy’s experience.

Featured CJ Alums

Timothy McHale

Timothy McHale '19

Criminal Justice major Timothy McHale was recently sworn in as a Scranton police officer.


Alishia Allegrucci

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 Bell

Stacy Davis ’00 Bell

In 2000, criminal justice graduate Stacy Bell received Keystone’s first baccalaureate degree. “Keystone prepared me well for what I would face in the professional world.”

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.

Study Abroad

Explore our study abroad programs and discover a world of opportunities that are sure to be the highlight of your college years.


Working with a faculty mentor conducting research enriches the learning process and can offer an experience to last a lifetime.


Internships and field experiences give students the chance to learn through hands-on experiences beyond the classroom.

Civic Engagement

Engage in civic-based projects, meet social challenges, solve problems, and make a positive impact in the community.

Accounting Faculty Profiles

Belknap, Deborah Doyle, JD, PhD

Belknap, Deborah Doyle, JD, PhD

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Psychology  
Wyland, Stacey, MS

Wyland, Stacey, MS

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice   
Hayes, Raymond T., MS

Hayes, Raymond T., MS

Instructor and Program Director of Criminal Justice 

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