Criminal Justice

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The Associate of Science program helps students understand criminal behavior, become familiar with important issues concerning the treatment and rehabilitation of criminals, apply the education to their jobs, and be aware of major policies and trends in criminal justice institutions and practices. It is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions within various federal, state and local agencies and for continuing their education in the field.

Students who complete the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice can continue on in the new Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration online degree completion program, pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Concentration in Criminal Justice as well as a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences with a Court and Community Services Concentration.

The Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitative Sciences, Court and Community Services Concentration is approved by the American Bar Association and is the only such program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, putting Clarion University at the forefront of a growing field. 

Major Courses (21 credits)

  • CRJT 110: Intro to Criminal Justice
  • CRJT 235/SOC 236: Criminology
  • CRJT 245: Corrections
  • CRJT 255: Juvenile Justice
  • CRJT 260: Policing
  • CRJT 265: Criminal Procedure
  • CRJT 275: Substantive CRJ Law

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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION

Clarion University of Pennsylvania now offers a degree completion program providing individuals with a two-year degree the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration.

The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice administration provides individuals with a two-year degree the opportunity to complete a four-year degree online, providing them with upward career mobility within the various criminal justice occupational fields such as corrections and law enforcement and court-related services such as probation, parole and rehabilitation.

The online degree completion program provides workers in the criminal justice field the flexibility to complete advanced coursework on a part-time basis around work and family obligations.

The new Bachelor's of Science degree completion program in Criminal Justice Administration will seek to enhance the university's strategic growth through advancement of innovative and transformative lifelong learning opportunities for both our traditional aged students and our rapidly growing body of non-traditional students, more specifically, current criminal justice practitioners who have amassed years of prior educational, military, and professional work experience and who aspire to complete their degree in a manner conducive to their active schedules. The program is a much needed educational opportunity for people seeking to become qualified for career advancement, while overcoming the obstacles of shift differentials, scheduling conflicts, and prohibitive travel, and it will provide the educational credentials necessary to further the careers of thousands of both civil servants and prospective students who seek to fill these occupational vacancies both in the Commonwealth and beyond."

-Dr. Paul "PK" Klenowski, Assistant Professor & Director of Criminal Justice

Students enrolled in the new program will study:

  • managerial theory
  • applied research and analysis
  • budget and finance
  • policy evaluation and analysis
  • legal liability
  • conflict resolution 
  • professional ethics

Students who have either successfully completed an associates degree or who have amassed 60 college credits are able to matriculate into this program.  The underlying goal of this degree is to provide an educational opportunity that will position both current criminal justice practitioners and traditional students for future leadership positions within the variety of fields that comprise the American criminal justice system.

  • According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (2010), the national demand for criminal justice jobs is expected to increase over the next ten years due to a number of key factors including the aging workforce, continuous rise in both drug-related and violent offenses, and the increasingly high rates of incarceration and recidivism among certain inmate populations. The United States Department of Labor reported that the rate of job growth for various jobs related to criminal justice is increasing at a moderate to faster than average rate (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012).
  • The Commonwealth presently employs 122,160 "protective service workers" who comprise the three major areas (law enforcement, court-related services, and corrections) of our criminal justice system. According to recent statistics, the protective service occupations will be experiencing a 4.6% estimated growth through 2020. It is anticipated that 734 new hires will occur annually due to population expansion along with an estimated 2,962 hires for replacements due to retirements, promotions, and attrition (Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, 2014).

Criminal justice occupations that will be experiencing continuous national growth rates through 2022, with growth rates ranging between 5% and 10%, include the following:

  • correctional officers and jailers
  • first-line correctional supervisors
  • police officers and sheriff's officers
  • detectives
  • criminal investigators and special agents
  • first-line police and detective supervisors
  • private security guards
  • private investigators
  • gaming officers
  • social and human service assistants

(Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012)

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Questions?

Penny Shaughnessy, Support Staff
200 Frame Hall
814-676-6591, ext. 1206

Dr. Paul Klenowski
Assistant Professor, Program Director
Department of Justice, Law, Technology & Liberal Arts
103 Suhr - Venango Campus
814 393 1239

Last Updated 8/7/17