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Earn college credits for criminal justice courses - including topics such as Ethics in Criminal Justice, Crime Scene Investigation Basics, Police Studies, and more - with Penn Foster College.

Whether you want to get a jump-start on your college education or earn additional credits towards a degree, Penn Foster College is here to help. Study online, at your own time, and receive support when you need it from our expert faculty and staff.

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3 credits

Looks at the relationship among the three main actors — the judiciary, the defense and the prosecution — involved in a prosecution. Starting from an overview of the basic structures of courts, the course will then look to the successive steps involved in prosecutions; covers plea bargains, trials, juries, sentencing, and appeals.

Course Requirements

3 credits

To enroll, call 1-800-238-9554

Requires Proctored Exam

Course syllabus (PDF)

Computer Specifications: You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

To enroll, call 1-800-238-9554
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Your course includes:

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  • Academic support from instructors with real-world experience
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  • 24/7 access to Penn Foster's robust online student community
  • Career planning resources, tools and support
  • Your official transcript upon completion

Will credits from Penn Foster College transfer into another college degree program?

Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into colleges across the country. Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.

I live in Jamaica. Can I enroll in an individual college course?

Unfortunately, individual college courses are only available for individuals living in the United States. We do offer a variety of Bachelor, Associate and Undergraduate Certificate programs for non-U.S. residents through our sister school, Penn Foster College International.

What if I need a course that isn’t listed on your site?

Call our Admissions Specialists to discuss the specific course you are looking for. We may have a course that will meet your needs. You can reach them at 800-238-9554.

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At Penn Foster College, we continue to develop new ways to expand and improve student satisfaction. However, if you are not satisfied or can no longer continue your studies, we offer a refund policy. If you cancel within the first 6 days of enrollment, you are eligible to receive a full refund. After 6 days, your refund will be determined based on how much of your progress you’ve made in your course.

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