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Criminal Justice

Do you have what it takes to delve into the difficult questions surrounding crime and punishment while serving your community? If you’re ready to confront tough topics and examine every detail of the law, while studying psychology, criminal behavior, social systems and ethics, then learn more about our Criminal Justice program today!

Our curriculum teaches students how to decipher patterns of human behavior, legal and ethical responsibilities, and how data on crime and prevention is collected and reported. Courses also cover psychological and sociological theories of crime causation, as well as fundamentals of criminal law, criminal procedure, civil law and the courts and our faculty bring valuable, real-world experience into every classroom. Additionally, all students participate in hands-on, technology-enhanced interactive simulations and field tours of local facilities so they are able to apply concepts to real-world law enforcement situations.

Our highly-regarded 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. No matter what path you choose to take, our program will provide a solid educational foundation and a convenient and affordable way to begin your future.

Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 64
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Campus: Monroe|FullyOnline|Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

Northampton Community College’s (NCC) Criminal Justice program offers you a wealth of opportunities. Whether you want to enter the workforce after two years of study, transfer to a four-year program, or enhance your education as a professional already employed in this field, NCC's program is for you.


Program Information

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.

  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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

Future Career Paths

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

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