The Criminal Justice – AS Degree* offered by Penn Foster College allows students to learn the skills to help them take the first step towards employment in criminal law, police management, and criminology. Due to the nature of this online degree program, there is no need for classroom attendance. Students are trained in law enforcement, crime prevention, security, and how court systems operate.
Penn Foster College’s Criminal Justice – AS Degree* can yield a rewarding career path where students protect individual’s rights, community regulations, and the rights of businesses.
Previous coursework completed before starting with Penn Foster College can be reviewed for potential credit, granted that it meets the requirements Penn Foster College has instated. By completing a basic skills assessment, Penn Foster College is able to determine the best suitable level for students to begin the required math and reading courses. Once the level to begin has been determined, students engage in courses such as Information Literacy, and Criminal Justice Orientation. In these courses students study about search engines and databases, both for the Internet and sources attainted through libraries.
Throughout the course of each semester, students complete graded projects that are a part of the expected coursework. Other courses include Criminal Procedures, and Ethics in Criminal Justice.
*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.