Criminal Justice

Protect and serve.

In today's turbulent world, professionals trained to protect the lives and properties of others are a vital need. Majors train to work in the fields of law enforcement and social services, and with the ability to add concentrations in law enforcement and crime and intelligence analysis, this degree program is the best preparation for a rewarding career, whether you want to serve the public as a police officer, solve crimes as an investigator, or help criminals turn their lives around as a counselor.


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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Criminal Justice majors take a variety of courses to build skills in analytical thinking, data gathering, and problem-solving.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

The Criminal Justice degree can be paired with the Municipal Police Office Training, and after successful completion, students will meet the training requirements for Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers.

Sample Courses

RJS 101 Justice in America
Gain an understanding of the Criminal Justice System in America through examination of the role of the police, the court systems, and the processes of corrections.

CRJS 230 Criminology
Complete an in-depth analysis of criminal behavior systems, theoretical developments in explaining crime, and research methodology used in Modern American Criminology.

Experiences & Outcomes

Focus Your Study

Students can add a Law Enforcement Concentration to their major to prepare for a career in the field of criminal justice at the local, state, and federal level.

Transfer to Erie

Grads wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Mercyhurst’s Erie campus after completing their associates can apply for our Internal Transfer Scholarship, which grants up to $18,000 based on GPA.


Criminal justice majors often find employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, and private security.

Pete Yaksick, D.Ed
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Criminology
Ray Sobina
Instructor of Criminal Justice and Sociology