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

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.

Criminal Justice Students Commissioned



May 9, 2015.  Criminal Justice Administration seniors Ryan Michelitsch and Nathan Smyrl were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army.  Congratulations to both and best of luck in your future careers!





Criminal Justice Students Receive Degrees

GroupA total of 35 CJ students received their degrees at Mansfield University's 150th CommencementPP held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Karl Van Norman Field. 

Five students completed the requirements for the two-year, Associate of Science degree and thirty students completed the requirements for the four-year, Bachelor of Science degree.

Graduating Magna Cum Laude were Amber Houser and Tiffany Nobles

Those graduating Cum Laude included Timothy Jensen, Robert Mausteller, Ryan Michelitsch, Angella Miller, and Brittney Mink

Other B.S. graduates in Criminal Justice Administration included Matthew Batzel, Alexander Bowes, Lacey Croasdale, Tyler Cunningham, Daniel Cwieka, Kimberly Floyd, Jenna Hoefer, Kyle Kendrick, Cody Mackey, Michael Miller, Aaron Payne, Pablo Perez, Alivia Randall, Michael Reamsnyder, Cody Reed, Nathaniel Smyrl, HeidiJo Sponhouse, Bryan Starmer, Troy Taylor, CrystalJH Treacy, Shawn Ulmer, Whitney White and Wyatt Yorlets.

GradThose receiving their A.S. degrees in Criminal Justice Administration were Carly Herman, Sarah Kreitzer, Alyssa Mackie, Matthew Piecuch, and Gavin Rupp.

Here's to wishing these students nothing but success in all of their future endeavors. Go make us proud!



Outstanding Senior in CJA Recognized

AmberAmber 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." 


CJA Student-athletes Honored at the Spring Sports Luncheon

Softball's Most Improved Player award went to Laura Knight (Conklin, NY/Susquehanna Valley).  The sophomore became a key part of the Mountaineers team making 15 appearances including six starts.  Knight, who posted a 2-5 overall record, threw 43.0 innings this season compared to just two innings as a freshman.

Co-MVP award went to Courtney Bauder (Jersey Shore, PA/Jersey Shore).  Bauder was recently named to 1st Team All-PSAC East honors after topping the team in nearly every statistical category in 2015.  The senior batted a team-best .350 at the plate with 43 hits in 123 at bats.  Starting all 37 games at either second base or outfield, Bauder drove in 26 runs while scoring 21 herself.  She recorded 73 total bases while hitting 12 doubles, three triples and four home runs.

Scott Rockwell (Canton, PA/Canton) was named the Most Improved Player of the baseball program.  The sophomore outfielder finished second on the team in batting with a .386 average.


Student Scholarship Showcase

student presentation

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 work-study student. 





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