Offered by the Department of Applied Socio-Behavioral Studies
Professors Sidell, Ryan
Associate Professors Madigan, Mansfield (Chairperson), Purk
Assistant Professors Battin, Clark, Daly, Murphy
The Criminal Justice Administration Program (CJA) offers the B.S. and A.S degrees in Criminal Justice Administration. A minor in criminal justice is also available. The study of criminal justice administration at Mansfield University provides a systems-based understanding of all the core areas of criminal justice – law enforcement, courts, corrections (including probation and parole), juvenile justice, and criminology.
There are several opportunities for students to become engaged in career interests during their undergraduate education, allowing students to decide what opportunities they want to explore and pursue. Students may join any or all of the following student organizations: (1) Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the American Criminal Justice Association, (2) Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences) and (3) the Criminal Justice Club. Our graduates are currently working at the local, state, federal and private levels in virtually every field in criminal justice.
The Mission of Criminal Justice Administration is to provide our majors and minors with a quality undergraduate liberal arts education in the academic discipline of criminal justice and criminology that will prepare them for immediate entry into either a professional career or a graduate education in criminal justice.
The program encourages extra-curricular activities that provide opportunities for students to develop leadership skills. Such activities will be found in national clubs and organizations, special events within the program, and by disseminating opportunities to volunteer within the immediate community. The program is committed to promoting affirmative action and equal opportunity among our students and faculty alike. The CJA program pledges to continually strive to review and update our curriculum so that it reflects what is required in the workplace and in the graduate classroom.
The vision of Criminal Justice Administration is to prepare our students for both the work-place and graduate school. Our curriculum was developed so that the course offerings are current, engaging, and pertinent to careers in the field. Our courses will be rotated so that students are offered a wide variety of courses during a normal four year period. We encourage our criminal justice student organizations to become involved at the regional and national level, and take an active role in their education.
A student completing the BS or AS degree in Criminal Justice Administration will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking abilities in the American criminal justice system and exhibit an adequate level of knowledge of all fields in criminal justice, while articulating the roles of these essential institutions.
- Demonstrate the ability to present arguments for or against current issues facing the American criminal justice system.
- Display an understanding of how criminal justice agencies are influenced by the external environment, including the media, legislature, and the executive offices of government.
- Exhibit an understanding of how criminal justice agencies have evolved within the United States.
- Demonstrate how special topics (i.e., terrorism, industrial security, organized crime, violent crime, etc.) impact the criminal justice system.