The Criminal Justice degree program offered by Penn Foster College consists of 121 credits. Through this program, students should gain the skills to work in retail security or within federal, state, or county courts and correction systems. More specialized courses include Crime Scene Investigation, Family Law, Organized Crime, and Substance Abuse and Treatment in Criminal Justice, from which students can choose what they would like to take based on their field of interest.
Penn Foster offers students the knowledge needed to be a criminal justice professional. Graduates of this program will be able to work in law enforcement, upholding rules and regulations, work in crime prevention, protecting property and business, or work to protect the rights of the public. A criminal justice professional will need to practice ethics in criminal justice, also gaining skills in criminology, police management and evidence.
Students will receive their first course after the enrollment process goes through and the student is accepted. At the end of each semester, students are expected to take a proctored examination based on specified coursed taken during the semester.
For a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, students are required to fulfill general education courses by taking classing such as Humanities, Social Science, English/Communication, Science, and Math/Computer Science, totaling 43 credits. Core criminal justice courses account for 63 credits, where students take classes including Criminal Procedure, Administration of Justice, and Supervision and Leadership. Student wanting the degree in Criminal Justice will need 15 elective credits. Students make choose from courses such as Organized Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Crisis Intervention, and Legal Environment of Business.
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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