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 degree options, 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)
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
Dr. Olson received the most monetary donations in his name. Accordingly, he was pied by Andy Catherman, who donated the most money, along with several LAE members. Part of the money raised was donated to the Council for Exceptional Children, an international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities.
On behalf of LAE, I want to thank everyone who donated money and helped with the event. A job well done!
A contingent of MU students, mostly CJA majors who are also enrolled in Dr. Crowl's Survey of Corrections course, toured Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary on Thursday April 28th. The students, namely Tristin Cicio, Ryan Watson, Joseph Bohorquez, Drew Beckerink, Nick Sander, and Jacob Caralle, had the opportunity to tour the facility and interact with several staff members, many of whom are CJA alumni.
This was the very first time these students had been behind the walls of a federal prison. The experience, according to the students, was very enjoyable and eye-opening. Students were able to view different sections of the prison, from medical services and the chow hall to the chaplain and the prison yard. Students were also able to view inmate living quarters, even those of special management unit inmates, several of whom were serving life in prison without parole sentences.
Thirteen students from Lambda Alpha Epsilon (LAE), the national professional coed fraternity for criminal justice students, recently participated in 'The Big Event', the annual day-long community service project. These students spent several hours giving back to the community and assisting with area beautification efforts.
LAE students who participated were (Front Row: L to R) Patricia Gentzyel, Emily Galligan, Gina LaRose, Shyanne McKivison, Taylor Koch; (Back Row: L to R) Dana Mahini, Tyler Schrader, Caroline McSurdy, Martina Padilla, Megan McSwain, Marissa Stage, Nicholas Mahonski, and Maurin MacNamara.
I commend each and every one of these students for taking valuable time out of their day to give back to the community. I'm proud of each of you; keep up the good work! (Dr. Crowl).
Drs. Justin Crowl and Joshua Battin, Criminal Justice Administration Department, co-presented research at the annual Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) conference held from March 29 to April 02, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The first session, Urban Sprawl, Population Density and Crime, which was part of a crime prevention and law enforcement panel, examined the effects of urban sprawl and population density in suburban and rural municipalities.
The second presentation, Police Legitimacy and Student Fear of Crime: Do Lifestyle Activities Matter?, examined the role of police (local and campus) perceptions and lifestyle activities on student fear of crime, utilizing lifestyle exposure theory as a guide.
While at the conference, Dr. Crowl also served as a discussant for the roundtable Trends in Policing: Interviews with Police Leaders across the Globe. Dr. Battin, as a member of the National ACJS Membership Committee, attended the annual meeting discussing strategies to market the organization and increase future annual conference participation.
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 3rd 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.
5 CJA Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievements. For more info, click here.
Recently ranked in the top 10 of schools in Pennsylvania supporting careers in criminal justice and corrections! Click here for more info.
CJA Department welcomes new faculty member Dr. Jeremy Olson
32 CJA students recently recognized for outstanding academic achievements. Click here for more info.