Whether you’re interested in working in law enforcement, corrections, court administration or private security or, ultimately, as a lawyer, an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Montco can help you. In our program you'll discover the rewards of public service.

After earning your associate degree, you can enter the workforce, earn a related certificate or choose to pursue a four-year-degree. For information about our 12-credit Homeland Security Certificate of Completion, please contact the program director.

Because Montco meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Transfer Agreement Oversight Committee (TAOC), you can seamlessly transfer your credits to schools in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). We will work with you to ensure success in whatever path you choose.

Program outcomes
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and sensitivity toward the ethnic, racial and gender diversity of American society, and an understanding of how these values can be reflected and projected by the criminal justice system;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the functions and roles of all major aspects of the United States criminal justice system in society;
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the cardinal concept of "due process of law" which constitutes the basic standards of fairness and decency that are necessary for the maintenance of free society and an understanding of the constitutional underpinnings, theory and structure of our body of criminal law, procedure, and the rules of evidence;
  • Demonstrate a firm grasp of the constitutional constraints under which police and prosecutors must operate in a free society, and the reasoning behind these limitations;
  • Identify and analyze the ethical issues that arise in each component of the criminal justice system.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 115 or ENG 102 Writing for Technical Communication or English Composition II 3
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications 3
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility Elective 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning Elective: AST 120/GLG-121/PHY-120, BIO 121, CHE 121, CHE 151, PHY 21 or PHY 151 4

Major Requirements

COURSE ID TITLE CREDITS
CJS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS 105 Criminal Law 3
CJS 107 Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence 3
CJS 205 Ethics and the American Criminal Justice System 3
CJS 220 Criminology 3
CJS 235 Introduction to Juvenile Justice System 3
CJS 240 The Correctional Process 3
CJS Elective CJS Elective 3
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
HIS 205 History of the U.S. from 1877 3
POL 124 American National Government 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Elective 6

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS 105 Criminal Law 3
ENG 1O1 English Composition I 3
HIS 205 History of the US from 1877 3
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 107 Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence 3
CJS 205 Ethics and the American Criminal Justice System 3
ENG 115 or ENG 102 Writing for Technical Communication or English Composition II 3
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective ART 111, ART 121, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 257, DAN 102, DAN 110, DAN 121, DAN 123, MUS 110 or THA 105 3
CJS 220 Criminology 3
Elective AST 120, GLG 121, PHY 120, BIO 121, CHE 121, CHE 151, PHY 121 or PHY 151 4
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3
Elective Open Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 235 Introduction to the Juvenile Justice System 3
CJS 240 The Correctional Process 3
POL 124 American National Government 3
CJS Elective CJS Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 105 Criminal Law 3
ENG 115 or ENG 102 Writing for Technical Communication or English Composition II 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
MAT 106 Mathematics Applications 3
CMS 110 or CMS 120 Introduction to Speech Communication or Public Speaking 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 107 Criminal Procedure and Rules of Evidence 3
HIS 205 History of the US from 1877 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 205 Ethics and the American Criminal Justice System 3
HIS 203 History of the U.S. to 1877 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective ART 111, ART 121, ENG 211, ENG 212, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 257, DAN 102, DAN 110, DAN 121, DAN 123, MUS 110 or THA 105 3
Elective AST 120, GLG 121, PHY 120, BIO 121, CHE 121, CHE 151, PHY 121 or PHY 151 4

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 220 Criminology 3
CJS Elective CJS Elective 3
POL 124 American National Government 3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
CJS 235 Introduction to the Juvenile Justice System 3
CJS 240 The Correctional Process 3
Elective Open Elective 3

Semester 9

Course ID Title Credits
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
Elective Open Elective 3

CJS-100 and CJS-05 are prerequisites for all other CJS courses.

Graduates of accredited Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academies are eligible for articulation of up to 15 credit hours toward the required courses for the AS degree in Criminal Justice.