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    Bachelor in Science in Criminal Justice

    Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice bachelor’s of science degree will be able to take advantage of the same unparalleled academic and extracurricular services that are hallmarks of the College history in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

    Fast facts

    • The Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree will allow current students in existing related majors to complete their associate degree and transfer directly into the bachelor’s degree program.
    • Flexible scheduling including Summer Session and Intersession courses can accelerate your path to graduation. Some students will be able to earn their bachelor’s degree in just three years at Lackawanna.
    • Our bachelor’s degree is designed to prepare students for employment locally, regionally, or nationally.
    • The median wage for community and social service occupations was $42,010 in May 2015 while the median wage for legal occupations was $78,170, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • The job outlook for community, social service, and legal occupations calls for up to 10% job growth from 2014-2024, according to BLS.
    • The College is committed to offering an affordable, local option for students from NEPA and beyond to earn their bachelor’s degree.
    • Through a diverse curriculum, students will not only learn career-related skills like criminal law, police operations, and criminology. Our well-rounded approach to developing the Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree will produce dynamic graduates and career-ready employees.
    • Internships will offer students the real-world experience they need to succeed after graduation.


    Students enrolled in the Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree will:

    • Prepare for a career in the criminal justice field by applying fundamental management theories and techniques through project-based coursework.
    • Examine the interface between victims and various components of the criminal justice system.
    • Survey the theories, principles, concepts, and techniques of crisis intervention.
    • Examine various aspects of terrorism including historical roots, motivations, and response.
    • Analyze the private security field.
    • Complete more than 200 internship hours designed to provide experiential work and practical education.

    Download the curriculum guide (for students beginning in Fall 2020) – PDF

    Download the curriculum guide (for ACT 120 students beginning in Fall 2020) – PDF

    Download information about this degree’s concentration in Addictions (PDF)

    This degree is offered at our main campus in Scranton, our Lake Region Center in Hawley, and can also be completed entirely online.