Prepare Yourself for a Rewarding Career as a Criminal Justice Professional
This online Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program, offered through a partnership between Penn State World Campus and the Penn State Harrisburg School of Public Affairs, can position you for a career in the criminal justice field in a number of ways. It can provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to enter the field or, if you're already employed in the field, help enhance your résumé, heighten your profile, and advance your career.
Career Options for Graduates
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in criminal justice professions are projected to grow through the year 2026. As a successful graduate of this program, you should possess skills and knowledge that qualify you to serve both public and private interests in protective services, law and corrections, crime prevention, security management, court administration, the social services, and other related professions. Criminal justice degree holders can be employed by sheriff departments, municipal and state police departments, security and loss prevention companies, local and federal government, delinquency prevention programs, youth shelters, residential institutions, and more.
Penn State's Online Associate in Criminal Justice Curriculum
The courses in this program can prepare you for a wide range of roles in the criminal justice field. You can gain a deep understanding of both the adult and juvenile justice systems; explore the intersections between public policy, behavioral science, and criminal justice; recognize the role that gender and ethnicity play in the field; and be prepared to interact in an ethical fashion with individuals from all backgrounds. Many of the courses you take in this program can also be used to satisfy graduation requirements for a Penn State Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, should you decide to continue your education and be accepted into the program.