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Criminal Justice

Study the Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice program at Elizabethtown College prepares students by offering quality courses, hands-on faculty mentorship, and real-world experiences in policing, courts, corrections, and victim services that will enhance student understanding of the criminal justice system in both college courses and criminal justice careers. These opportunities will create highly respected and educated professionals to succeed in the field of criminal justice or in pursuit of graduate education.

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What Can I Do With a Degree in Criminal Justice?

After completing our Criminal Justice degree in Pennsylvania, students will be ready to enter a variety of careers in several industries. Our program prepares you for careers in:

  • Corrections
  • Government Agencies
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement
  • Security



A Unique Focus on Reform and Citizen Release

Elizabethtown College is part of the Lancaster County Re-entry Coalition as a partner among nearly forty government and non-profit agencies that focus on the needs of returning citizens (those leaving prison to re-enter their communities). These agencies address issues of housing, employment, legal aid, addictions, family needs, faith and spirituality, health, and more. This unique partnership has created a network of resources for our students and has given them access to internships, research opportunities, and prospective employers.

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Diverse Criminal Justice Curriculum

Our curriculum focuses on courses in Sociology, Political Science, and Social Work, in addition to their Criminal Justice courses. The unique focus of the major on criminal justice reform is consistent with the College’s historic values of justice and peacemaking. In addition, students who major in Criminal Justice will enroll in a two-semester research sequence that prepares them to evaluate data, write reports, document primary sources, and prepare presentations for employers, public audiences, and graduate programs.

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Gain experience through Internships

Our Criminal Justice curriculum requires students to complete at least one internship within the field. Internships encourage students to explore specific career interests, network with professionals and build their resumes. Internships also give students the opportunity to see how their coursework applies to real-world situations.

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Related Minors

Students in the Criminal Justice major have minored in sciences like Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry or Cognitive Science. Some choose to explore minors in Business Administration, Communications, Computer Science, Data Analytics, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology or Spanish.


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