Criminal Justice Administration Department

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Are you interested in Criminal Justice? Do you like to be challenged? The Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) Department at Mansfield University offers various academic CJA degrees, including the following (click on link for further information):

Bachelor of Science Degree (for students enrolled prior to Fall '14)

Bachelor of Science Degree (for students enrolled Fall '14 and after)

Associate of Science Degree

Associate of Science Degree - Online

Minor in Criminal Justice Administration

The mission of Mansfield's Criminal Justice Administration program is to provide majors and minors with a quality undergraduate education in the academic and professional disciplines of criminal justice and criminology that will prepare them for 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. The activities include national clubs and organizations along with special events with the program. The program's core curriculum covers areas such as law enforcement, courts, corrections and juvenile delinquency. For more information, click here.


News & Highlights

OCPD Presentation

Representatives from the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) visited campus on Thursday October 22 to give a presentation toOCPD CJA students about paid internship and seasonal employment opportunities available with the Department. A question and answer session immediately followed the presentation.

Interested students would gain knowledge, police academy training and real-world experience working in the criminal justice field, all the while getting paid and being on the bean for the entire summer! A number of employment opportunities are available with the Department, including seasonal and full time police officers along with public safety aides and communications operations. Students interested in a police officer position, upon conclusion of training, would be uniformed, have full arrest powers, and have the ability to perform vital police functions, from law enforcement and crime prevention to providing social services and order maintenance.

Students who work for OCPD as  a summer job can also use this experience as an internship to gain course credit. Interested students should contact a CJA faculty member for assistance. 

US Marshal Pane Presentation

The Criminal Justice Administration Department, in conjunction with its Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series, is proud to announce that Martin Pane, United States Marshal and Class of 1987 MU graduate, will be giving a presentation on November 19th, 2015 at 11am in Retan G-1.

Bio: Marshal Pane began his career with the U.S. Marshals Service in 1988. Working for the Marshals Service for over 25 years has provided Pane with a lot of adventure, from trials of the original World Trade Center terrorists, to providing protection for Supreme Court Justices, Deputy Attorney Generals, and the Drug Czar. In 2011, President Obama appointed Pane as a US Marshal for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. As Marshal, Pane acts as the executive manager overseeing approximately 100 personnel.

All Mansfield University students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Drs. Battin ( or Crowl (

LAE Students Participate in Career Fair at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary

Members of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the CJ professional coed fraternity, joined by Dr. Justin Crowl, participated in an inmate mock career fair on Thursday, September 3rdLAE at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. The penitentiary, affectionately known as "The Big House", is a high security federal prison housed within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Students had the opportunity to interview numerous inmates and speak to them about the job market and their post-release plans. Students were also able to ask questions and engage in discussions with staff and administrators, many of whom are alumni of Mansfield University and the CJA Department. A guided tour of the facility followed. 

The experience of visiting a federal correctional facility was very rewarding, especially considering that it was the first time that these students went behind the walls of a federal prison. It is exactly these type of events that allow students to experience for themselves the inner workings of the criminal justice system. 

Pictured are students who participated in the event, including (from L to R): Martina Padilla, Maryann Personius, Dana Mahini, Brian Kircher, Samantha Boas, Rian Waldbrunn, and Andre Morton. Not pictured: Justina Day.



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