What Can I Study
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
Outstanding Senior in CJA Recognized
Amber Houser was recognized by Dr. Justin Crowl, on behalf of the CJA Department, as the Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice at the Academic Honors Reception on Monday, April 13, 2015.
Amber has excelled academically, as evidenced by her cumulative 3.6 GPA and being awarded the Dean's List on multiple occasions. She has served as the President of Alpha Phi Sigma, which is a national Criminal Justice honor society that is recognized by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies. She has also served as the department's student tutor since 2011, tutoring students not only in Criminal Justice classes but also classes within the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science. In addition, she has routinely volunteered her time to assist with various community service activities, ranging from assisting the American Red Cross to helping the Salvation Army to raise over 40,000 cans of food for the homeless.
In bestowing this award, Dr. Crowl stated that "Amber maintains a passionate commitment to academic excellence and takes pride in everything that she does. She is a very resourceful individual who actively embraces challenges and strives for success, both in and out of the classroom. Amber has also demonstrated a commitment to leadership and service to the department and beyond."
Student Scholarship Showcase
On April 22, 2015, Criminal Justice Administration senior Angella Miller and sophomore Dylan Chapman presented research at Mansfield University's Student Scholarship Showcase. They presented original research and data collection exploring current migration trends due to urban sprawl and its impact on crime in rural Pennsylvania. Their work is part of a larger research project supervised by Drs. Josh Battin and Justin Crowl.
Angella is completing a 12 credit internship with the U.S. Marshals Service in Williamsport. PA, and will graduate in May. Dylan will continue working towards his bachelor's degree while supporting the department as its workstudy student.
Honoring a Fallen PA State Trooper
The CJA Department mourns the passing of Pennsylvania State Police Corporal Bryon Dickson. Corporal Dickson was gunned down on Friday Sept 12th outside a rural barracks in Blooming Grove, PA. A veteran of the Marine Corps, Dickson joined the PA state police in 2007 and worked as a patrol unit supervisor since June. Corporal Dickson was laid to rest on Thursday at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.
Mansfield University honored Corporal Dickson during pregame ceremonies at the Mountaineers home football game on Saturday Sept 20th against the University of Pennsylvania. A moment of silence was observed for the fallen officer, with blue glow sticks held aloft in his honor. Blue lights serve as recognition of police officers who have died in the line of duty. For additional information, go to: http://news.mansfield.edu/releases/articles.cfm?p=326
CJA Department Welcomes Study Abroad Student Ashlee Spears
My name is Ashlee Spears. I was born in Moruya, a small town in the state of New South Wales Australia. I grew up and spent most of my life on the far south coast of Australia, which is a rural area along the Eastern coastline. I attended high school at Eden Marine and Technology, which is located in Eden, a town known for its ports and chip mill. I was lucky enough to grow up living in a rather admirable location; we lived in the bush out of town, but in town and where I went to school is located right next to the ocean.
At certain points, namely during school, sport periods or lunch breaks, my friends and I were able to walk two minutes to the beach. On quiet days, one was able to hear the sea inside the classroom. After finishing high school, I went straight to a university. In Australia, high school finishes in November, and university starts in March. I currently go to Charles Sturt University, which is in Bathurst (about 3 hours inland from Syndey, 7 hours north from where I grew up). I'm currently a sophomore; however, in Australia, one does not need to take general education classes, so I will finish my degree at the end of 2015. I started out studying to become a police officer; however, the police training center had been closed for a number of years and was still closed for new recruits. In light of this, I wasn't sure what to do next. My grades were quite good, so I was able to seamlessly transfer into majoring in Criminal Justice to earn my Bachelor of Social Science degree while minoring in political science. After my third term, I received an email from the university stating that my grades were good enough to apply for exchange. So, after a lengthy application process, I was accepted to Mansfield University and decided to enroll in the following classes: Introduction to Criminology, Terrorism, CJ Policy, and American Politics.
It took approximately 23 hours of flying plus a 6 hour bus trip to arrive to Mansfield, PA. After being here a month, I can say without reservation that it has already been well worth it. I was only able to come on this adventure due to winning a number of scholarships both from the university and the local council. I would encourage anyone thinking of going on exchange to put the effort in to make it happen. Experiencing a different culture and being able to meet people from all walks of life is an amazing experience. As long as you can get used to the fact that no one understands a word you say despite the fact that you both speak English. Take for instance the following: Doona in Australia is actually called a comforter in the US, thongs (flip flops), biscuit (cookie), sheila (woman), bloke (man), ute (truck), jumper (sweatshirt), servo (gas station), aggro (an aggressive person), al-U-min-I-um (aluminum - pronounced 'aluminum' in the US), and perhaps most importantly 'put another shrimp on the barbie', oh wait - Australians don't actually say that...
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 http://admissions.mansfield.edu/ or 800-577-6826 / 570-662-4243.
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