Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice | Lackawanna College

Criminal Justice

At A Glance

Learn the scope of the criminal justice system through Lackawanna College.
Start your career earning $32,000 per year and earn $76,000 per year as you grow into your career.
Enter a steadily growing field, with over 67,000 jobs opening every year.
Complete this four-year program and earn a degree in criminal justice, graduating ready for the world in this field.
Earn your degree locally at Lackawanna College’s main campus in Scranton.

Welcome to Criminal Justice-Bachelor’s Degree

Ever have an interest in the justice system and law enforcement as you made your way through high school? Maybe you took a sociology class and fell in love with criminology, wanting to make a career out of it. Lackawanna College’s Criminal Justice degree gives you the tools to put your passion into a career.

At Lackawanna College, you’ll learn skills and hands-on experience through coursework and internships to begin your career after graduation.

Your Career Starts Here

Employment for criminal justice graduates continues to grow steadily, with a 7% increase projected between now and 2030. The median average wage for police officers and detectives was $66,020 in May 2021 and $61,190 for other law enforcement workers in May 2021.

Completing your degree in criminal justice opens many opportunities in the professional world. You’ll find employment in:

  • Police Stations
  • Government Agencies
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Federal and State Prisons
  • Fire Departments
  • Hospitals
  • And other criminal justice settings

Jobs available after completing a criminal justice degree at Lackawanna include:

  • Police Officer
  • Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Security Guard
  • Criminal Investigator
  • Private Investigator
  • Correctional Officer
  • Public Safety Officer
  • Drug Enforcement Administration Agent
  • And many more!

More About the Program

Our bachelor of science degree in criminal justice is a four-year program that encompasses a range of criminological and legal subjects. The program will allow graduates to:

  • Prepare for a career in the criminal justice field by applying fundamental management theories and techniques through coursework.
  • Examine the connection between victims and various components of the criminal justice system.
  • Review the theories, principles, concepts and techniques of crisis intervention.
  • Complete more than 200 internship hours designed to provide experiential work and practical education.

Students will learn what criminal justice, forensics and criminology entails. Graduates will understand the U.S. legal system and how courts operate. Internships will also offer students the real-world experience they need to succeed after graduation.


Lackawanna’s bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for employment locally, regionally or nationally. Whether those jobs are in law enforcement, social work or another criminal justice subset.

The Course Work

When enrolling in a bachelor’s program in criminal justice at Lackawanna, students can expect to take courses such as:

  • Introduction to criminal justice
  • Crime scene investigation
  • Crime prevention
  • Law enforcement
  • Forensic science
  • Forensic psychology
  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Criminal justice research methods