A longstanding partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department has been key to this program's dramatic growth in recent years.

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Serving and Protecting

Analyzing evidence, investigating crimes, working with at-risk youth and working with criminal offenders are some of the duties of individuals employed in the criminal justice field. The Justice program provides you with the knowledge and skills used to protect the public, and work within the court and corrections systems. Taught by experienced faculty, your courses will focus on the needs, operations and administration of the criminal justice system.

The Justice program, designed in conjunction with justice leaders from the Philadelphia area, provides essential knowledge and skills for people new to or already working in the justice field. In addition, employees and their family members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Department of Corrections may enjoy the following benefits offered by the Justice program:

➢ 15 credits toward a Justice degree for Philadelphia Police Academy graduates
➢ 6 credits toward a Justice degree for Philadelphia Prison Training graduates


Find your path.

Police Patrol Officer – est. salary $76,865
Sheriff or Deputy Sheriff – est. salary $75,865
Police Identification and Records Officer – est. salary $91,477
Criminal Investigator – est. salary $82,483


EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Justice degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
FYE 101 – First Year Experience 3 credits   Major Course
ENGL 101 – English Composition I 3 credits   ENGL 101
JUS 101 – Survey of Justice 3 credits   Major Course
SOC 101 – Intro. To Sociology 3 credits   Social Science Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, AM/Global Diversity
CIS 103 – Applied Computer Technology 3 credits   Technological Competency
  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits   ENGL 102 – Info Literacy
PSYC 101 - Intro. To Psychology 3 credits   Major Course
JUS 241 - Criminal Law 3 credits   Major Course
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 3 credits   Mathematics
JUS 171 - Juvenile Justice 3 credits   Major Course

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
JUS 105 - Intro. To Corporate & Homeland Security 3 credits   Major Course
JUS 251 - Comparative Police System 3 credits   Major Course
BIO 104 - Forensic Biology or 
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
3 credits   Natural Science
SPAN 101 - Elementary Spanish or
ARAB 101 - Elementary Arabic or
CHIN 101 - Elementary Chinese or
ASL 101 - Elementary American Sign Language I or
ITAL 101 - Elementary Italian or
JAPN 101 - Elementary Japanese or
FREN 101 - Introductory French
3 credits   Humanities Directed Elective
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence & Procedure 3 credits   Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
SPAN 102 - Elementary Spanish or
ARAB 102 - Elementary Arabic or
CHIN 102 - Elementary Chinese or
ASL 102 - Elementary American Sign Language II or
ITAL 102 - Elementary Italian or
JAPN 102 - Elementary Japanese or
FREN 102 - Introductory French

3 credits   Directed Elective
JUS 291 - Contemporary Issues in Justice 3 credits Prerequisites: JUS 101, JUS 171, JUS 241 Major Course
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation 3 credits   Major Course
SOC 215 - Criminology 3 credits   Major Course
JUS 121 – Legal Issues in Justice & Human Services or
JUS 151 – Police Operations or
JUS 181 – Community Relations or
JUS 201 – Introduction to Terrorism or
JUS 235 – American Correctional Institutions or
JUS 237 – Community Based Corrections or
JUS 281 – Organized Crime
3 credits Prerequisite: JUS 101  Major Course
  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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