Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Find job 'security' by keeping the community safe.

With positions involving protecting the people and the community, the criminal justice field is rewarding—and goes hand in hand with Elizabethtown College's motto, "Educate for Service".

The criminal justice curriculum at Elizabethtown College's School of Continuing and Professional Studies is designed to not only provide you with broad-based knowledge of the criminal justice system, but also to stimulate a comprehensive understanding of underlying issues that impact the field, and the application of the law and theory. Learning objectives ensure that adult learners can critically examine criminal justice policy and demonstrate effective communication skills related to policy implementation and problem solving.

The program prepares graduates for a multitude of immediate career opportunities in criminal justice, or as a foundation to enter graduate or law school.

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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Criminal Justice rapidly growing fields

A criminal justice degree provides the foundation for a versatile range of careers, many of which are growing steadily or rapidly.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics from the Department of Labor reports that  employment of police and detectives is expected to grow 7 percent from 2010 to 2020. The BLS also reports that increasing need for private investigators  means that employment will grow faster than the average, by 21 percent.

Additionally, the categories of "security guards and gaming surveillance officers" and "paralegals and legal assistants" are rapidly growing fields, at an 18 percent increase over the next ten years.

Criminal Justice Jobs

The accelerated bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Elizabethtown College can lead to many types of positions* in the public safety and court systems including:

  • Local or state police officer
  • Detective or investigator
  • Correctional officer or warden
  • Surveillance officer and gaming surveillance officer
  • Loss prevention
  • Airport security officer
  • Probation officer
  • Security guard
  • Paralegal or legal assistant

(*Note that some of these positions, in highly regulated fields, might require separate licensing and/or additional training specific to the profession, for example a gaming license.)

Dylan Brobst, Sevens Valley, Pa. – Criminal Justice

The program is awesome for working adults. The teachers aren't professors, they are experts in their respective subjects and the courses are designed to fit into your schedule.