Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Why Major in Criminal Justice?

Penn State Altoona’s Criminal Justice degree program offers a broad-based education in the liberal arts tradition. In addition to the breadth and depth of knowledge about criminal justice, the program helps you cultivate key skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, issue analysis, and problem solving. As a graduate of this program, you will be an adaptable and flexible participant in the civic and intellectual life of your community, appreciate cultural diversity, and practice ethical behavior.

A Criminal Justice degree provides strong preparation for careers in fields such as corrections, parole and probation, law enforcement, and courts. In addition, you will be prepared to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice, law school, and related areas of graduate education.

Opportunities and Options

The Penn State Altoona Criminal Justice degree program allows you to pursue an associate degree, a bachelor of arts degree, which emphasizes a proficiency in a foreign language, or a bachelor of science degree, which allows you to select four related courses that reflect your specific area of interest. A hallmark of our Criminal Justice program is the opportunity for students to participate in a criminal justice internship. This opportunity provides students with valuable experience at the federal, state, and local levels, by working with a broad range of agencies involved with the criminal justice system. In addition, students gain the experience of seeing how the concepts they have learned in their studies apply to real-world situations with their internship host agency.

You may also choose to become involved outside the classroom with the Criminal Justice Organization (CJO) and Alpha Phi Sigma (APS), the criminal justice honor society. Both CJO and APS offer plenty of opportunities for field trips and service to the local and college community, as well as informative sessions such as self-defense courses and speakers discussing graduate education seminars.