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. 

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.

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 Curriculum

Program effective Fall 2018
General Education Requirements
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
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
Elective Elective 6

Total Program Credits: 64

*See advisor for specific course information/recommendations.