Criminal Justice Studies

On-Campus and Online Criminal Justice Degree at Peirce College

Prepare for a Career in the Legal Field

Our Criminal Justice Studies program delivers hands-on experience.

Your Degree in Criminal Justice Studies

Earn your Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice to start your career in one of today’s fastest growing fields.

Careers in criminal justice - in both the public and private sectors - are in high demand. Peirce College’s Criminal Justice Studies program provides you with the tools to handle the legal, social and technological challenges in the field, so you can go from classroom to career with the knowledge you need to make a difference in our legal system. In addition, Peirce offers flexible on-campus and online Criminal Justice degree classes to help accommodate your fluctuating work and personal schedules.

Peirce College Criminal Justice Studies Program

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Areas of focus for our on-campus/online Criminal Justice degree can include:

Law Enforcement

Set yourself on the path for a career as a police officer or with a federal agency. You’ll get a broad background in law enforcement and sharpen your decision-making and critical-thinking skills.

Correctional System

Gain an understanding of real-life factors that affect rehabilitation and incarceration.

Criminal Investigation

Put your problem-solving skills to good use with a rewarding career that tests and hones your research, interview and analysis abilities.

Introduction to Private Security

Learn the practical skills you need for an entry-level role in private security.

Juvenile Justice

Explore a combination of legal and social challenges that will help prepare you for a career in juvenile justice. Want to prepare yourself to play a key role in the criminal justice system? Apply today or give us a call at 888.467.3472, ext. 9000. We’re happy to answer any of your questions about this degree program.

Curriculum

Associate in Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 61
INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Min. Credits
PRC PRC 100 or PRC 101* 1
BIS 111 Application Software Fundamentals 3
COM 112 Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition 3
ENG 103 Rhetoric and Research 3
HUM 102 Introduction to Ethics 3
MAT 101 Introduction to College Mathematics 3
SCI SCI Core (choose 1) 3
SOC SCI Social Science Core (choose 1) Recommended SOC 101 General Sociology OR PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
GEN ED General Education Core (choose 1) Recommended PSC 101 American Government 3
PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Min. Credits
CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS 104 Criminal Court System 3
CJS 107 Criminology 3
CJS 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods 3
CJS 204 Criminal Law 3
CJS 207 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJS 230 Criminal Justice Capstone I 3
CJS ELE Criminal Justice Elective (choose 1) 3
CWE 227/ CJS ELE Cooperative Work Experience or Criminal Justice Studies Elective (choose 1) 3
ELE Elective Courses (choose 2) 6

Bachelor of Science Degree Curriculum - Minimum Total Credits: 121

INSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Min. Credits
PRCPRC 100 or PRC 101*1
BIS 111Application Software Fundamentals3
COM 112Speech Communication3
COM 312Practical Reasoning3
ENG 101English Composition3
ENG 103Rhetoric and Research3
HUM 102Introduction to Ethics3
HUMHUM Core (choose 1)3
MAT 101Introduction to College Mathematics3
MATMAT Core (choose 1)3
SCISCI Core (choose 2)6
SOC SCISocial Science Core (choose 2) Recommended SOC 101 General Sociology & PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology6
GEN EDGeneral Education Core (choose 1) Recommended PSC 101 American Government3

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Min. Credits
CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS 104 Criminal Court System 3
CJS 107 Criminology 3
CJS 201 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods 3
CJS 204 Criminal Law 3
CJS 207 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJS 210 Law Enforcement & Police in Society 3
CJS 213 The Correctional System 3
CJS 230 Criminal Justice Capstone I 3
CJS 304 Advanced Criminal Law and Procedure 3
CJS 310 Victims and Victimization 3
CJS 401 Advanced Research Methods for Criminal Justice Studies 3
CJS 440 Criminal Justice Capstone II 3
CJS ELE Criminal Justice Elective (choose 3) 9
CWE 427/ CJS ELE Cooperative Work Experience or Criminal Justice Studies Elective (choose 1) 3
ELE Elective Courses (choose 9) 27

Careers in Criminal Justice

A Criminal Justice degree from Peirce gives you the foundation you need to make a difference, impact lives and join other Peirce graduates employed by local Philadelphia agencies; as well as on the state, regional and federal levels.

Graduates typically fall into one of two categories – applied criminal justice and theoretical criminal justice. Careers in the applied field involve the practice of criminal justice, like policing. Careers in the theoretical field deal with the causes of criminal behavior and society’s responses to crime, like forensic psychology or criminology. For more information about potential criminal justice careers for Peirce graduates, visit our Legal Careers page.

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“Our students come to this program because they are looking for a career, not just a job. They want to build a path that will serve them well in their pursuit of life-long work, one that is meaningful and makes a difference, and they recognize the need to obtain the skills that this program provides in order to capitalize on that goal.”

Robert M. Brzenchek

Assistant Professor, Legal Studies & Criminal Justice Studies Lead

Interested in a degree in Criminal Justice Studies? Contact an Admissions Representative and get started with your application.

You can also apply using our online application.