Criminal Justice at South Hills School of Business & Technology

Criminal Justice

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Business (ASB) Degree Program
Available at the State College Main Campus

The Criminal Justice program at South Hills will launch you on a career in the field of justice—from law enforcement to corrections to advocacy. The program is designed to be very hands-on, combining theory with practice and application. The CJ program provides students with an understanding of the criminal justice system and the socio-economic factors that impact the field. As a South Hills Criminal Justice student, you will learn investigative techniques, basic security skills, and the criminal legal process/procedures for the Pennsylvania court system, as well as the basics of criminal and family law. Students even receive training to earn Oleoresin Capsicum Aerosol Training (OCAT - pepper spray) and Practical and Tactical Handcuffing (PATH) certifications.

Our Criminal Justice graduates are working in careers as local and state Law Enforcement Officers and Deputies, Juvenile Justice Center Professionals, Corrections Officers, Private Security Guards, Loss Prevention Managers, and Victim Advocates.


Successful students in this program will be ethical, hard working, willing and eager to learn, and believe in the criminal justice system and the law.

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Complete Course List

Criminal Justice Course List

Criminal Justice Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours  
First TermGE183Business English 1460
LE119Family Law for CJ2.536
CJ123Introduction to Criminal Justice560
CJ125Introduction to Law Enforcement4.548
GE213Oral Business Communications224
PD110Professional Development224
CJ128Sociology for CJ448
First Term Totals:24300
Second TermLE118American Constitutional Law4.548
GE180Applied Psychology336
GE184Business English II460
LE120Intro to the Law of Torts336
CJ122Introduction to Corrections560
CP283Microsoft Office460
Second Term Totals:23.5300
Third TermCJ225Criminal Investigations336
CJ124Introduction to Criminal Law560
GE181Introduction to Statistics for CJ336
CJ126Introduction to Victimology4.560
CJ232Terrorism & Homeland Security336
Third Term Totals:23.5288
Fourth TermCJ119An Introduction to the PA Criminal Justice Handbook336
CD104Career Development I224
CJ224Criminal Evidence336
CJ226Criminal Procedures560
CJ120Forensic Science336
CJ127Rehabilitation of the Offender336
GE182Writing for CJ4.560
Fourth Term Totals:23.5288
Fifth TermCD105Career Development II224
CJ233Criminal Justice Capstone Project460
CJ234Criminal Procedures II336
* Elective336
CJ229Emergency Procedures224
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
CJ121Human Rights Issues in Criminal Justice336
CJ230Juvenile Delinquency4.560
Fifth Term Totals:24312
Fifth Term Elective Choices* CJ228Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice336
* CJ231Media and Criminal Justice336
Sixth TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
CJ236Criminal Justice Internship11330
CJ235Specialized Certifications for CJ2.536
Sixth Term Totals:14376
132.5 Credits1,864 Clock Hours

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:

Meet the Faculty

Jennifer Stover

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus

Jennifer's Biography

John McCullough

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

John's Biography

Sarah Stoltz

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Sarah's Biography

Louis Lombardi

State College Main Campus

Lou's Biography

Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Tina Baronio Loss Prevention Supervisor Kohls Department Store
Josh Brown Corrections Officer SCI Rockview
Dana Droll Assistant Administrator Central Counties Youth Center
Catie Harpster Centre House Case Manager Housing Transitions
Adam Salyards Community Relations & Crime Prevention Specialist State College Police Department
Brandon Wheeler Corrections Officer SCI Benner
Joseph Yedlosky Corrections Officer Centre County Correctional Facility

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Kari Lynn Schlegel

March 4, 1992—December 15, 2016

Kari Schlegel was born in March 1992 and graduated from South Hills in September 2012.

The Kari Lynn Schlegel Memorial Gallery is named in memory of Kari Schlegel, a lifelong Bellefonte resident and 2012 graduate of the Graphic Arts program at South Hills.

Kari was often the exclamation point in any story about the Class of 2012. Her effervescent good mood, enthusiasm, and seemingly endless supply of optimism and positive spirit was infusive, lighting up the classroom.

Kari (right) is shown with her beloved sister, Mindy.

Her classmates still laugh at the memory of Kari wearing her bunny slippers on the Graphic Arts field trip to New York City. Groan-worthy puns and jokes? Kari had a volume of them. She delighted in sharing stories and photos of her four beloved cats as well as trivia and tales of Harry Potter and Disney World. She was a rare combination of innocence, maturity, trust, and hope. She was filled with a joy of life and an unconditional love for her friends, her family, her pets… and people she just met. That was Kari Schlegel.

Kari dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow for the South Hills “BooFest” Halloween party in 2012.

She loved her school, even coming back to audit several GA classes after graduating. Kari also particularly enjoyed returning to South Hills every summer to perform as part of the Music Picnic Series with the Bellefonte Community Band.

Kari died December 15, 2016, in a tragic automobile accident. It’s a loss everyone who knew her still feels. In the end, Kari truly lived her life with passion and joy, treating others as she wanted to be treated: with love, compassion, and respect.