Criminal Justice

Whether you envision working in law enforcement, corrections, youth programs, or conservation law enforcement, LHU Clearfield's dynamic, hands-on Criminal Justice program will prepare you for service in a range of fields.

What You'll Study

B.S. in Criminal Justice

Through a combination of classroom study and experiential learning you will gain an understanding of crime and deviance and criminal justice organizational systems while acquiring the ability to analyze and critique emerging research and current trends. Topics covered include:

  • Terrorism
  • Women and Crime
  • American Gangs
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Forensic Criminology
Conservation Law Enforcement Concentration

Part of the B.S. degree, this concentration is specifically designed to prepare you for competitive employment in a variety of settings related to conservation, management, and protection of our natural resources, species, and habitats. Topics covered include:

  • Conservation Law Enforcement
  • Environmental Justice
  • Ethics


A.A. in Criminal Justice

The A.A. in criminal justice is specifically designed to prepare you for entry level positions which do not require a four-year degree. You will take a limited number of discipline-specific courses and two courses of your choice. All coursework completed toward the A.A. is transferrable to the B.S. in criminal justice.



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Program Highlights

  • Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. For more information click here.
  • Internships: Lock Haven University allows students to earn up to 15 internship credits and have them count toward their degree at LHU. Internships typically take place during the summer session or in the final semester of your senior year. Examples of recent internship placements include:
    • Lycoming County District Attorney's Office
    • The Meadows Psychiatric Facility
    • Wal-Mart Loss Prevention Division
    • North Carolina Department of Corrections
    • Ocean City Maryland Police Department
    • Office of the Inspector General
    • Attorney General's Office – Bureau of Narcotics Investigation
    • Clinton County Prison
    • Private Law Firms
  • Experiential Learning: At LHU you’ll have the chance to apply the knowledge you learn in the classroom to real-world situations through experiential learning. By developing mentoring relationships with faculty you’ll have the chance to take part in research, grant writing, and professional conferences. In addition, LHU offers two discipline-specific clubs.
    • The LHU Criminal Justice Club: This student-run organization is composed of students at all points of study. The club engages in a variety of activities each semester including:
      • Sponsoring guest speakers on campus
      • Field Trips to:
        • FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia
        • Police Museum in New York City
        • Washington, D.C.
    • Alpha Phi Sigma—LHU’s Chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society: In fall 2007, Lock Haven University established a local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Our local chapter is known as Iota Sigma. Membership in this honor society is prestigious and quite an accomplishment. Eligibility requires a GPA of 3.2 in the major. Within the discipline, membership is in the top 35% of their class academic standing.
  • Careers: With a degree in criminal justice you’ll be ready to set out for careers including:
    • Probation
    • Parole
    • Drug and Alcohol Problems
    • Victim Advocacy Programs
    • Conservation Law Enforcement
    • Court-Involved Youth Programs
    • Correctional Institutions

Contact Clearfield

Commonwealth University - Clearfield

201 University Drive, Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 768-3405

Office Hours

8:00am to 4:00pm Monday-Friday

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