Criminal Justice @NCC

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Do you have what it takes to delve into the difficult questions surrounding crime and punishment while serving your community? If you are ready to confront tough topics and study every detail of the law, while studying psychology, criminal behavior, social systems and ethics, you need to learn more about the criminal justice major at NCC!

As you explore every aspect of crime and the law and justice systems, you'll be taught by faculty members who've worked in criminal justice. They bring a valuable, real-world component into your classroom. From them you'll learn how to decipher patterns of human behavior, legal and ethical responsibilities, and how data on crime and prevention is collected and reported. You'll also take part in hands-on, technology-enhanced interactive simulations and field tours of local facilities. Ready to roll up your sleeves and make a difference? Apply today!

NCC's Criminal Justice Program

NCC offers a well-regarded criminal justice program with flexible learning options. Our two-year associate's degree positions you to enter the workforce upon graduation, or to transfer to a four-year criminal justice program at one of our partner institutions. Courses in the NCC criminal justice program covers psychological and sociological theories of crime causation, as well as fundamentals of criminal law, criminal procedure, civil law and the courts.You will learn how to apply concepts, such as criminological behavior theory to real-world law enforcement situations. A criminal justice degree at Northampton Community College will provide a solid educational base whether you begin job searching or want to further your studies.

Why Choose Criminal Justice at NCC?

The criminal justice program at Northampton Community College is open to people of different educational backgrounds. You may be a high school graduate pursuing a career in law enforcement, a military veteran exploring new opportunities or a professional making a career change. No matter your identity, NCC’s associate of applied science will educate you in each aspect of the criminal justice program.

We offer the following benefits:

    • Flexibility: You have the option to further your education and transfer to a four-year college within our specified transfer agreements.

    • Affordability: NCC is one of the most affordable criminal justice colleges in PA, with low tuition fees for in-state students.

    • Housing: On-campus housing creates an immersive learning environment where you can focus on your studies.

    • Online Option: NCC offers online criminal justice courses, allowing you to form a flexible schedule.

    • Small Class Sizes: The small student to professor ratio at NCC helps you build relationships and network with alumni.

    • Student Services: NCC provides comprehensive counseling and placement services via our Career Services office.

A community college criminal justice program like NCC’s is a fast, convenient and affordable way to begin your future. Contact us to learn more!


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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
  • This program can be taken 100% online
  • This entire program can be completed at our Monroe Campus
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus
Program Details view official course information in our college catalog

Program Map View Criminal Justice, AAS Suggested Semester Map (PDF)

Careers in Criminal Justice

Criminal justice grads can find work in law enforcement, politics, business, security, law, corrections, government, and more.

Criminal Justice Career Paths

  • Police Officers
  • Detectives
  • State Trooper
  • Investigators
  • Probation Officers
  • Correctional Treatment Specialists
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Private Detective
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Security Guard
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • Fraud Investigator
  • FBI Agent
  • CIA Agent
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • DEA Agent
  • Secret Service Agent
  • US Marshal

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"My years at NCC were awesome!"

-Michael Hagan ’02, Secret Service Agent and NCC criminal justice alum

Featured AlumniAmber Hess

Featured FacultyJohn Spirk & Vertel Martin


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