Offered by the Department of Criminal Justice Administration
In addition to the B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration (CJA), MU offers an Associate of Science degree (A.S.) in CJA through two tracks: CJA on-campus (CJA) and CJA Online (CJAO). Students enrolled in the CJAO track may complete their program entirely online. 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. Students enrolled in the CJA track may enroll in the courses offered on-campus or online, if available.
The A.S.CJA students are eligible to join criminal justice organizations and the national honor society, participate in criminal justice tours, and attend special presentations. Many two-year students develop the academic skills and perseverance to transfer to the baccalaureate program and graduate with no loss of credits.
The Criminal Justice Administration Associate of Science degree provides students with the courses required for an entry level position in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, and the courts system.
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 CJA student completing an A.S. degree at Mansfield University will be able to:
- Delineate the structure and operation of the American Criminal Justice System.
- Describe the historical development of the various criminal justice agencies within the United States.
- Compare and contrast the current issues facing law enforcement, courts, and corrections.