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Criminal Justice

Be a resourceful, technology-savvy problem solver with a strong understanding of how people think. It’s an attractive combination to enter a career in law enforcement, the judicial system, or corrections.

Criminal justice has evolved to the point that it’s not enough to be good at solving crimes — law enforcement agencies want graduates who can help prevent crime and reduce recidivism with innovative programs and research. We take that approach with our program, giving you the theory and the critical thinking you’ll need to pursue a professional career in criminal justice or graduate study.

Hands-on experience is crucial. We have great relationships in the community to help get you volunteer placements for career experience and specialized training. We take that one step further and require an internship, too. There are so many ways for you to get involved no matter what you want to pursue after graduation. Want to specialize in cyber crime, corrections, forensics or another area? It’s all here, led by published faculty with terminal degrees.

There are so many opportunities in Criminal Justice! It's not only for those who want to be police officers. Download a transcript of this video.

Student Opportunties and Experiences

Research projects are part of the academic program for York College criminal justice
Research Projects
Do research alongside Criminal Justice faculty. In the past, students have had their contributions published.
The campus public safety office offers criminal justice students internships at York College
Campus Safety
You don’t even have to leave campus for fantastic experience. Work in our Campus Safety office to apply what you learn in the classroom.
Local police departments are just a few of the dozens of criminal justice internship sites available at York College
Dozens of internship sites are available for our required internship — it’s invaluable experience.
Learning forensics is part of the well-rounded approach to the York College criminal justice degree

Your future in Criminal Justice

We prepare you to have 21st century criminal justice professional skills: computer literacy, refined critical thinking skills, ever-resourceful problem solvers, and knowledgeable of the research, statistics, and literature available to help you do your job. The result? Our graduates have been hired far and wide:
  • Corrections: Berks Women in Crisis, sheriff’s departments, the Commonwealth of PA Department of Corrections, Dauphin County Adult Probation, law offices and Homeland Security.
  • Law enforcement: Adams County Prison, the PA State Correctional Institution, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Justice Network, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the NYC Police Department.
  • Judicial/Agencies: Adams Court Courthouse, Amtrak Police, Children’s Home of York, Delaware River Port Authority, Exelon Nuclear at Three Mile Island and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • Security: Gulf Stream Aerospace Technology, Jet Blue, Lockheed Martin, the New Jersey State Parole Board, the United States Pretrial Services Office and Value City Loss Prevention.

Program Requirements

Required Courses and Degree Requirements for Graduation
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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

Contact Us
Criminal Justice
Amie R. Scheidegger, Ph.D., Coordinator
Appell Life Sciences, Room 346
Phone: 717.815.6577
Contact for appt.