Criminal Justice Program

Earn your specialized associate degree in criminal justice at our State College, Pennsylvania, campus
  • Earn your specialized associate degree in just 2 years
  • Accredited by ACCSC
  • Licensed by the PA Department of Education, Department of Private Licensed Schools

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Program Highlights :
Criminal Justice ASB Degree:

The modern criminal justice system is complex and rapidly growing, and all those who work within it have to balance all of the different sociological, psychological, political and economic factors affecting us today. It’s a challenging career field, one that encompasses everything from criminal law and behavior to ethics and criminology to law enforcement and corrections. With the Associate of Specialized Business Degree in Criminal Justice from South Hills School of Business & Technology, you can gain the foundational knowledge you need to step into a number of different roles in the criminal justice system. Additionally, this program fulfills the education requirement for the Pennsylvania Police Academy officer training program.

At South Hills, our comprehensive training utilizes experiential learning through field visits and certification trainings, uniting theory, practice, and application all in one program. 

Our experienced instructors cover topics like:

  • Evaluating the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including how to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes
  • Applying an understanding of the constitutional concepts of due process, equal protection, and fundamental fairness in policing, courts, and corrections to case study scenarios
  • Assessing and applying Pennsylvania law — which includes the PA Crimes Code and the PA Rules of Criminal Procedures — to criminal cases
  • Processing crime scenes by utilizing various investigative techniques
  • Understanding victimology, rehabilitation theories and practices, and inherent human rights issues in modern criminal justice
  • Applying crime scene investigation skills, PA Crimes Code, legal issues and courtroom processes, sentencing, and probation/parole to mock crime scenarios


Part of our program includes a capstone project, as well as a 12-week internship with one of our partner employers, so you’ll have the opportunity to put what you’ve learned to work. Previous internship locations have included:


Why You Should Choose South Hills

We admit we may be a little biased, but we truly believe that South Hills School of Business & Technology is uniquely positioned to prepare you for your future career. Here are just a few reasons why:

Small Class Sizes

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It’s important to us that each of our students feels seen, both in what they need out of their education and what their goals are. It’s why we keep our class sizes small, so you can build a personal relationship with your teachers.

Internship and Networking Opportunities

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Every specialized degree program we offer at South Hills includes a 12-week internship component, which gives you not only hands-on experience, but also a chance to network and connect with our partner organizations.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Finances shouldn’t stand in the way of you being able to train for the career you want. South Hills offers a number of ways to help pay for your program for those who qualify. Grants, loans, and special funding for veterans are just some of the possibilities we can explore with you, and our Financial Aid team is available to help you navigate these options.

Experienced Instructors and Mentors

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Our instructors are also experienced professionals who know what it takes to be successful in the job market. Marketing and management classes are taught by market consultants, coordinators, and skilled leaders who incorporate their experience into the curriculum.

The Outlook for Criminal Justice Jobs and Careers

Careers in Criminal Justice

With two years of hands-on training and strong skillsets, our Criminal Justice graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:

Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:

South Hills Criminal Justice graduates are well-trained and in demand for their knowledge and work ethics. Some of the many locations employing our graduates include:

A Closer Look at Our Criminal Justice Classes

The Criminal Justice ASB Degree at South Hills is an on-campus program that features small class sizes and more opportunities for individualized attention.


Our CJ curriculum consists of 129.5 credits that can be completed in just 2 years. It includes courses like: Sociology for CJ, Introduction to Law Enforcement, American Constitutional Law, Applied Psychology, and Criminology. 

Complete Course List

Criminal Justice Course List

Criminal Justice Course List for 2023-24

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE183Business English I460
CJ123Introduction to Criminal Justice560
CJ125Introduction to Law Enforcement4.548
GE181Introduction to Statistics for CJ336
PD110Professional Development224
CJ128Sociology for CJ448
Second TermLE118American Constitutional Law4.548
GE180Applied Psychology336
GE184Business English II460
CD104Career Development I224
CJ122Introduction to Corrections560
CP283Microsoft Office460
Third TermCJ237Criminal Investigations4.560
CJ124Introduction to Criminal Law560
CJ126Introduction to Victimology4.560
GE213Oral Business Communications224
CJ232Terrorism & Homeland Security336
Fourth TermCJ129PA Crimes Code336
CJ224Criminal Evidence336
CJ226Criminal Procedures560
CJ238Forensic Science4.560
CJ127Rehabilitation of the Offender336
GE182Writing for CJ4.560
Fifth TermCD105Career Development II224
CJ233Criminal Justice Capstone Project460
CJ228Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice336
CJ229Emergency Procedures224
CJ121Human Rights Issues in Criminal Justice336
CJ230Juvenile Delinquency4.560
Sixth TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
CJ236Criminal Justice Internship11330
CJ235Specialized Certifications for CJ2.536
129.5 Credits1,828 Clock Hours

Hear From Our Alumni

Explore the impact of our programs through the experiences and accomplishments of our esteemed alumni. Check out our Alumni Testimonials page for more.
In my role as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, I recognize the importance of education. I acquired the skills necessary to succeed in the Criminal Justice field through the South Hills Criminal Justice Program. I strongly recommend this program to anyone…………. So, invest in yourself, and with patience and persistence, you can achieve thing that others deem impossible.

Leo Cleveland

Meet the Faculty

Jennifer Stover

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus

Jennifer's Biography

Greg Brauser

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Greg's Biography