Offered by the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
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.
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.
- 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:
- Identify the principles, operations, and roles of the police, courts, corrections, and citizens within the criminal justice system.
- Critique the criminological theories of, and systemic responses to, offending & victimization.
- Develop the critical thinking, ethical decision-making, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary for working with diverse populations.
- Evaluate criminological research and policy using appropriate methodological, statistical, and reporting procedures.
- Address social inequities within the criminal justice system.