Offered by the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
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.
Building on our strengths and experiences as one of the oldest academic criminal justice programs in the nation, MU CJA embraces active learning and experiential education to teach our diverse population of students how to critically evaluate the criminal justice system, to prepare or advance them as ethical professionals in that system, and to prepare them for advanced education in graduate and/or law school.
MU CJA is a true community of learners…actively and closely engaged with each other…toward a better world.
A CJA student completing an A.S. degree at Mansfield University will be able to:
- Identify the principles, operations, and roles of the police, courts, corrections, and citizens within the criminal justice system.
- Develop the critical thinking, ethical decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary for working with diverse populations.
- Address social inequities within the criminal justice system.