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Criminal Justice (6050)

Criminal Justice: Associate in Arts (AA)  (6050)

If you have an interest in criminal justice, police work or law enforcement support services, HACC’s Criminal Justice Program can put you on the path to a rewarding career. After earning your Associate in Arts (AA) degree, we can help you determine your interests and transfer your credits to a four-year college. Eagerly YOURS, our admissions counselors and department chair, Mark Nelson, can answer your questions about our two-year Criminal Justice program.

What can I do with this in the workforce? 

This degree is ideal for students who want to pursue a career in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Correctional rehabilitation
  • Juvenile and adult probation and parole
  • Private security and investigations
  • Forensic science or military police
  • Criminology

We can help you determine which career path aligns with your goals. Your career opportunities depend on your chosen curriculum. You can choose to become a:

  • Criminal investigator
  • Patrol officer
  • Drug agent
  • Prosecuting attorney
  • Private criminal and civil attorney
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Correctional counselor
  • Security manager
  • Private investigator
  • Undercover investigator
  • Crime-scene technician
  • Forensic scientist
  • Crime-lab expert

What is the average salary?

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What is HACC’s program like?

You have the opportunity to select between two transfer options: Law Enforcement and General.

As you complete our program, you will learn how to: 

  • Demonstrate an awareness of professional ethics including ethical and legal entrance requirements to the criminal justice
  • Translate observations into writing
  • Use technology as a form, or method, to conduct research
  • Describe components of the criminal justice system including corrections, courts, law enforcement and the private sector
  • Examine diversity issues as they impact criminal justice
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the dynamics of organizational behavior
  • Manage and build teams
  • Analyze problems and develop solutions

Before you enroll in our Criminal Justice program, you may need to complete Act 33 Child Abuse and/or Act 34 Pennsylvania State Police Criminal background checks.

What classes will I take?

  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.


Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?

Affordably YOURS, our two-year degree program is a transfer program that is flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has their own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

Our transfer options for criminal justice students include:

Albright College -Accelerated Degree Program: General Program Course Equivalencies (pdf)

Central Penn College: Criminal Justice - General Transfer into Criminal Justice Administration (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)

Drexel University: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Elizabethtown College -Accelerated Degree Program: Criminal Justice into Criminal Justice (pdf)

Franklin University Online: Franklin University Bachelor Degrees (ONLINE) (pdf)

Keystone College: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Kutztown University of PA: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Lebanon Valley College: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Mansfield University of PA: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Mc Daniel College: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Millersville University of PA: Criminal Justice into Sociology: Criminology Option (pdf)

Shippensburg University of PA: Criminal Justice into Criminal Justice (pdf)

Troy University: Criminal Justice (pdf)

University of Pittsburgh: Criminal Justice, General to Administration of Justice (College of General Studies) (pdf)

University of Pittsburgh: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement to Administration of Justice (College of General Studies) (pdf)

Upper Iowa University Distance Education Online: Criminal Justice (ONLINE) (pdf)

Upper Iowa University Distance Education Online: Criminal Justice Law Enforcement into Criminal Justice (ONLINE) (pdf)

West Chester University of PA: Criminal Justice (pdf)

York College of Pennsylvania: Criminal Justice (pdf)

Where can I complete this program?

You can complete program at our Harrisburg Campus. The full General Transfer track can be completed at our Gettysburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses.

Does HACC offer scholarships?

Yes! There are approximately 200 scholarships available thanks to the HACC Foundation. Each scholarship has unique eligibility requirements. Please visit for details.

When can I apply?

Enroll anytime for our spring, summer and fall classes. To apply, please visit our website and include the unique Criminal Justice program code 6050. This code will ensure you are applying for the correct program.

How can I learn more?

We want to help you achieve your career goals and help the community. We encourage you to request more information about our Criminal Justice program, contact an admissions counselor with your questions about enrolling or email the interim department chair, Mark Nelson, for more details about the program.