You want to make a difference with your life and have a deep desire to serve and help those in need above all else.

We are excited for you and can help you fulfill your goals to protect the greater good. Within the criminal justice field, you can pursue career options that are diverse, stable, and mentally stimulating.


At Harford Community College, we offer a criminal justice degree and legal studies concentration that can prepare you for transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor's degree.

Program Overview


Program Requirements:

Associate of Arts

Associate of Applied Science, Concentration in Legal Studies


No. of Credits:

Associate of Arts: 60

Associate of Applied Science: 60



Jon Carpenter






Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Harford's small, student-centered, and flexible learning class options are the ideal learning environment for your criminal justice studies.

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What kind of courses can I expect to take?

Develop a strong background in criminal justice and legal studies through required courses and electives like these at Harford:


Introduction to Corrections

Introduction to Criminal Justice

Police Community Relations

Police Organization and Administration

Principles of Criminal Law

Procedural Law and Evidence

What can I do when I complete this program?

With a degree in criminal justice at Harford, you can prepare for transfer to a four-year institution to complete your bachelor's degree while expanding your knowledge in the study of criminal justice and legal studies.

Top Transfer Destinations

  • Coppin State University

  • JHU

  • Stevenson University

  • Towson University

  • University of Baltimore

  • University of Maryland

  • University of Maryland Global Campus

  • Wilmington University

Potential Careers

  • Conservation Officer

  • Corrections Officer

  • Criminal Investigator

  • Crime Lab Analyst

  • Crime Scene Investigator

  • DEA Agent

  • Forensics

  • FBI Agent

  • Homeland Security

  • Lawyer

Use the Career Insight Tool to see what opportunities are available for you.




Who teaches this program?

At Harford, our award-winning full-time and adjunct faculty bring a wealth of industry and classroom experience to professionally mentor and guide you through your program.

How do I get started?

You've taken your first step into a larger world of possibility for you and your future. Now is the time! Reach out and apply, request more information, or visit our campus.