What can you do with a criminal justice degree?
A degree in criminal justice at Penn State Berks provides strong preparation for a growing market in corrections, parole and probation, law enforcement, and courts. Writing, speaking, research, and computer skills are also emphasized in each of the degree programs. The skills, combined with knowledge about sources of crime, the justice system, and criminal justice policy, provide a strong foundation for students interested in a criminal justice career. Penn State Berk´s criminal justice graduates work in all phases of the criminal justice system. Other graduates have gone on to law school or are pursuing master's and Ph.D. degrees. The program's focus on the traditional liberal arts skills of critical thinking, analysis, and communication will prepare you for a career in any criminal justice field.
Penn State Berks offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice. These degrees provide a comprehensive and detailed examination of procedures and practices in addition to an expanded general education curriculum.
Bachelor of Arts:
A four-year baccalaureate degree consisting of 124 credit hours which includes an expanded liberal arts program and skill in a foreign language. This is an excellent choice for those students whose career direction requires a more broad-based understanding of American and international culture. Beyond the traditional classroom experience, all of our four-year students complete internships in which they gain real life experience and valuable networking contacts.
Bachelor of Science:
A four-year baccalaureate degree consisting of 124 credit hours in which students fulfill part of their degree requirement by developing a structured skills enhancement component designed to meet the specific career goals of the student. Beyond the traditional classroom experience, all of our four-year students complete internships in which they gain real life experience and valuable networking contacts.
Jobs and Salaries
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that industry job growth in the field of criminal justice is expected to be at an annual rate of 10% through 2018. The current median wage for detective and criminal investigators is $60,910. Furthermore, bachelor's degrees are required for most federal jobs. Predictions of job growth by the Bureau in the field indicate above average increases in this field. Jobs in this field include three major categories of positions that encompass careers in both governmental and private settings. These opportunities include (1) protective services such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Secret Service, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal's Office, police departments, security and loss prevention; (2) law and corrections including court administration, legal aid/paralegal, delinquency prevention programs, juvenile court personnel, jails and prisons, and probation and parole offices; and (3) crime-related prevention and support such as shelters for abused women and children, drug and alcohol programs, halfway houses, etc. (Penn State World Campus website).