Offered by the Department of Criminal Justice Administration
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.
- Develop and improve methods to provide CJA program exposure on-and off-campus.
- Develop and improve methods of increasing student retention.
A student completing the BS or AS degree in Criminal Justice Administration will be able to:
- Comprehend issues facing the American criminal justice system.
- Know and identify the essential roles of the criminal justice system (police, courts, & corrections).
- Understand the historical development of the various criminal justice agencies within the United States.
- Synthesize and assess the problems facing the American criminal justice system today.
- Apply the external influences, including the media, the legislature, and the executive branch of government, on the CJS.
- Analyze the relationship of external factors (e.g., terrorism, policy, ethics, & violent crime) on the American criminal justice system.
- Critique the theoretical framework of criminality and research methodology used to support the discipline of criminal justice and criminology.