Criminal Justice (A.S.)


Penn State Greater Allegheny offers an Associate degree in Criminal Justice. This program is an includes study in law enforcement, courts, and corrections individually and as components of a system.  With this interdisciplinary degree, students will learn about the intersections of law, public policy, and behavioral science, in an effort to understand crime as a social problem and improve these systems for the good of society. 

What to Expect   

With this degree, students will be prepared to enter entry level positions in the criminal justice system, or complete the baccalaureate degree. Students should expect reading, writing, and critical thinking skills to be applied and developed throughout the degree program. 

Students will take courses that focus on:   

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Race and Ethnic Relations 
  • Criminology 
  • Statistics 
  • Ethics 

Career Opportunities   

Graduates in the Criminal Justice program can find an array of career opportunities that include, but not limited to: 

  • Corrections 
  • Courts 
  • Court Administration 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Probation and Parole 


The official course requirements for this degree can be viewed in the online Undergraduate Bulletin under the suggested academic plan. ‚Äč