Associate in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

To Serve and Protect Your Career 

Today’s communities—from large cities to small towns—are facing a variety of complex challenges. We have a greater need for people like you—people who are willing to serve and protect. 

The associate degree in criminal justice offered by the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at Elizabethtown College was designed for people who desire to make a career out of making a difference. This degree can serve as a stepping stone to the police academy, or it can be an entry point into a career in various areas of law enforcement, security, and protection. 

The field of criminal justice rewarding—and it’s a career that emulates E-towns motto, “Educate for Service.” 

Elizabethtown College School of Continuing and Professional Studies is the preferred educational partner of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association.  


Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association members, click here to learn about benefits available to you through this partnership.

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Career Opportunities and Outlook:

Career Opportunities:

This exciting field presents opportunities in nearly every area of protecting and serving people and communities. Types of positions include:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Loss Prevention
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety Officers

Market Outlook:

In the past 12 months, more than 8,600 jobs were posted in Pennsylvania requiring an associate degree in criminal justice. According to Burning Glass Technologies ©  
the following areas within criminal justice are expected to increase between 2017-2026:  

  • Security Officer positions are projected to more than 6%
  • Law Enforcement/Public Safety Officer positions are projected to grow by approximately 600 jobs 


Timothy Frey, Criminal Justice

I think a degree is helpful in making you well-rounded. It makes a huge difference when you list that on your resume; it says something about you. And your earning potential is greater. 


Program Curriculum

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
The associate degree from Elizabethtown College requires 64 credit hours of academic work. Degree candidates must take at least 15 of their last 30 credits from Elizabethtown College. Credits from Elizabethtown must include at least 9 credits in the major.

Course Requirements for Criminal Justice

Major Requirements (27 credits)

Choose three courses:

Core Program (18-19 credits) 

Choose three Areas of Understanding:

General Electives (21-22 credits)


Interested in learning more?

Our Admissions Coordinators would be happy to set up an appointment to meet with you to discuss our program more in depth and also evaluate your previous college credits.