Our bachelor of arts in criminal justice is designed to provide students with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies and practices in the field.
As a student of our program, you will gain the necessary theoretical, practical and professional knowledge to be successful in law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security and other related service careers.
Learn from the best
Our criminal justice degree is taught by practitioners who have experience in the FBI, SWAT, forensic psychology, crisis-and-hostage negotiation and homeland security. Our program couples intensive classroom learning with extensive research and required field experience.
Learn by doing
Most of our criminal justice courses offer an opportunity for field experience and have a required field practicum. In our capstone, the Grand Final Scenario, professionals from different agencies help create an emergency situation which must be resolved by the students, who play the roles of field commander, intelligence officer, recorders/status board officers, public information officers and a tactical team.
Learn at the academy
Students with career goals in law enforcement have the option of attending the Reading Police Academy to obtain Municipal Police Officer Certification (Act 120) as part of their four-year degree without extended time or expense. Students are eligible to apply for the Academy during their junior year in order to attend in their senior year.
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October 28, 2014 12:03:10 PM EDT
Wrongful conviction. Two words that strike at the heart of a long held cultural assumption in the majority population of the United States — that we only convict the guilty. But two decades of focus on the issue of wrongful conviction by a number of organizations — including many affiliated with colleges — remind us […] Read more
June 24, 2014 1:15:59 PM EDT
New York is one of only two states (North Carolina) in the country that prosecutes 16-year-olds as adults. And research has shown that brain development in teenage boys is slower, and they specifically lack impulse control. Groundbreaking research in recent years clearly shows major brain development continues until about age 25, and, in many respects, […] Read more