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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 2014)

Bachelor of Science Degree (for students enrolled after Summer 2014)

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.



2013 Fall Commencement CJA Graduates


Mansfield University held its 149th commencement on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 in Decker Gymnasium for undergraduate students The CJA Department would like to congratulate the following 17 students for graduating with their degree in Criminal Justice: Paul Cuda, Matthew Fisher, Joshua Glenn, Randy Herman Jr., Reese Holmes, Cody Johnson, William Johnson, Thomas Lippert, Kara Matson-Donahay, Ryan Mickavicz, , Brittany Miller, Samantha Mitch, Cassandra Rappley, Kali Richardson, Timothy Shellenberg, Danielle Stafford, Jonathan Taddeo, Jason Winters, and Ekoue Abalo. The future is bright and full of opportunities. Go make us proud!  

CJA Faculty Member Earns Doctorate Degree

The CJA Department is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, Keith Johnson successfully defended his dissertation and completed all requirements for his doctorate degree. Titled "American citizens, counterterrorism, and the use of deadly force: A qualitative study," Dr. Johnson's dissertation explored, via a case study approach, the use of deadly force against American citizens as a counterterrorism response. In particular, ten terrorism experts were interviewed on their perceptions of the killings of Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan. Responses were transcribed and subsequently accessed. Dr. Johnson holds a J.D. degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University. He is also a retired Criminal Trial Attorney.  

CJA Professor Earns Ph.D.

On Friday, September 20th, Justin Crowl successfully defended his dissertation research and thereby fulfilling all requirements to graduate with his doctorate degree in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Entitled "Police legitimacy and fear of crime: An exploration of student perceptions," Dr. Crowl's dissertation utilized a quantitative design, survey methodology and multivariate linear regression analyses to examine predictors of student fear of crime. These factors included student perceptions of the police (local and university), victimization-related factors, lifestyle choices, and sociodemographic characteristics. His dissertation committee was chaired by Dr. Dennis Giever. Dr. Crowl also holds a MS degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University and a BA degree in Political Science and Sociology (with a Criminal Justice concentration) from Walsh University. 


Dr. Battin Delivers Graduation Address to Federal Inmates

Dr. Joshua Battin delivered the keynote address to inmates completing numerous degrees at Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary on Tuesday, September 10th. Dozens of inmates earned General Education, English as a Second Language, and Secondary Education Degrees. Dr. Battin's speech highlighted the importance of lifelong learning, positive mentors, and setting goals in life, while challenging the graduates to take a positive step in the future. 

CJA Welcomes Two New Faculty Members - Fall 2013


The Criminal Justice Administration (CJA) Department is excited to welcome Professors Keith Johnson and Justin  Crowl to Mansfield University. Mr. Johnson joined MU as a temporary Assistant Professor in CJA during the  2013 spring semester. He has also taught at Wilkes, Lock Haven, and Bloomsburg Universities. Dr. Crowl comes to Mansfield from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he was employed as a temporary faculty member in the Criminology Department. As a faculty member, Dr. Crowl has taught various courses at the undergraduate level, including Introduction to CJ, Law Social Control & Society, Crime and Delinquency Prevention, Contemporary Issues, and Judicial Criminal Process. Dr. Crowl recently completed all of the requirements for his doctoral degree, while Mr. Johnson expects to complete his doctoral degree  this  fall. 



CJA Launches New Online A.S. Option

The Criminal Justice Administration Department is pleased to announce the creation of the new online CJAO Associates of Science track. Now prospective students will have the option to earn an A.S. degree entirely online. This program is specifically designed to meet the needs of students who would like the freedom to complete course work at their convenience, such as current criminal justice practitioners, current military, or students with full-time jobs or other commitments. We are currently accepting applications and are offering courses starting in the fall 2013 semester. Interested parties should contact the Mansfield University Admissions office at or 800-577-6826 / 570-662-4243.


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The Harrisburg Internship Semester (Spring 2013)

Sarah B. Stigerwalt, a senior criminal justice administration major, participated in The Harrisburg Internship Semester (T.H.I.S.) program during the spring 2013 semester. Sarah was chosen as Mansfield University's representative and was one of fourteen college students selected for this prestigious internship sponsored by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). For fifteen weeks, Sarah interned with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Sarah graduated from Mansfield University in May 2013 and her future plans are to attend graduate school. While on campus, she was active in Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the National Criminal Justice fraternity. She also served as the Criminal Justice department's work-study student. For more information, please click here.





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