Administration of Justice, B.S.

Program Code: AJSUC_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 14-18
Requirements for the Major 64-65

4-7 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes; 0-3 credits of GH courses; 4 credits of GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CRIMJ 12Criminology Keystone/General Education Course3
CRIMJ 100Introduction to Criminal Justice Keystone/General Education Course3
CRIMJ 221Issues in the American Criminal Justice System3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CRIMJ 451Race, Crime, and Justice3
or CRIMJ 453 Women and the Criminal Justice System
Select 3-4 credits of the following: 13-4
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Ethical Life Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy of Law Keystone/General Education Course
Business Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Philosophy of Technology Keystone/General Education Course
Science, Technology, and Culture Keystone/General Education Course
Modern Science, Technology, and Human values Keystone/General Education Course
or STS/PHIL 107
Select 18 credits with at least 9 credits in the 400 level of the following:18
Juvenile Delinquency Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Law
Introduction to Security and Loss Control
Policing in America
Courts and the Prosecution Process
Corrections in America
Fundamental Techniques of Scientific Criminal Investigation
Computer Applications in Public Affairs/Criminal Justice
Independent Studies
Special Topics
CRIMJ 300
Security Administration
Forensic Science I
Criminal Justice and the Community
Gangs and Gang Behavior
Sociology of Deviance
Victimology
Police Administration
The Pennsylvania Court System
Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System
Advanced Criminological Theory
Criminal Careers and the Organization of Crime
Drug Control Policy in Comparative Perspective
Criminal Law and Procedure
Violent Crime in the United States
Victimization
Sexual and Domestic Violence
Drugs, Crime, and Society
Organized Crime
Special Offender Types
Alternatives to Incarceration
Offender and Prisoner Rights
Crime and the American Court System
Border Security
The Politics of Terrorism
The Juvenile Justice System
Senior Seminar
History and Function of Criminal Justice Components
Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
Law and Society
Drugs and Drug Policy in the United States
Legal Rights, Duties, Liabilities of Criminal Justice Personnel
Criminal Procedure and Evidence in the Business Community
Seminar, Criminal Justice Agency Administration
Victimology: Predatory Crime
Special Topics
Emphasis
Select an emphasis15
Field Research:
Field Research in the Criminal Justice
Introduction to Internship Experience
Research Topics
Internship in Criminal Justice
Research and Policy Analysis:
Select 15 credits with at least 6 at the 400 level of the following:
American Studies Perspectives
Drugs and Crime
Any CMPSC
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Labor and Human Resources Keystone/General Education Course
Research Methods for Law and Government Information Resources
American Public Policy
The Bureaucratic State
Policy Making and Evaluation
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Race and Public Policy
World Population Diversity
Social Demography
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 12 credits, in consultation with adviser, from University-wide offerings according to student's career plan12

Program Learning Objectives

Beaver, New Kensington, and Shenango Campuses

  1. Students will be able to have a basic understanding of the nature of the three branches of the Criminal Justice System (Legal, Law Enforcement, Corrections).
  2. Students will be able to apply analysis and evaluation strategies specific to criminal justice/criminology to formulate solutions to criminological problems.  
  3. The students will have developed a core of criminological knowledge and concepts which will help them understand the functioning of and issues relevant to the criminal justice system.
  4. Students will be able to understand and apply theories of criminal and deviant behavior, and the behavior of law.
  5. Students will be able to read and correctly interpret Criminal Justice research and data.
  6. Students will be able to understand the relationship between culture, social class and criminal justice.
  7. Students will be able to communicate criminological issues effectively and deliver written and/or oral presentations.
  8. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and application skills regarding the fact that the criminal justice professional must operate in a climate of tolerance and respect where opposing viewpoints can be exchanged openly.
  9. Students will be able to show professionalism, interact appropriately with colleagues, uphold professional ethical principal, and work ethically, as part of their internships, consistent with professional standards and practices.

Fayette Campus

  1. Recognize the major components of the Criminal Justice System and describe the purpose of each component (Policing, Courts, Corrections)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply field research methods to the discipline.
  3. Understand  crime and criminal justice theories relevant to criminology.
  4. Identify current issues relating to crime and criminal justice.
  5. Understand how the criminal justice system fits within the larger social science field.  

Greater Allegheny Campus

  1. Know Structure: Demonstrate understanding around the history, structure and function of the three branches of criminal justice (Courts, Law Enforcement, Corrections).
  2. Know Context: Demonstrate understanding around the relationship between culture, social class, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality and criminal justice involvement.
  3. Know and Use Theory: Demonstrate understanding of core theories in criminology and the sociology of deviance and their relevance to different types of offenses and offenders.
  4. Think Critically: Demonstrate ability to solve criminal justice problems through an understanding of context, the identification of appropriate evidence, and appreciation of potential barriers and limitations.
  5. Do Research: Demonstrate ability to formulate research questions, implement basic quantitative and qualitative research methods, collect and analyze limited data.
  6. Communicate: Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate practical and theoretical criminal justice issues through papers, posters, and oral presentations.

Hazleton Campus

Students should demonstrate an understanding of the following:

  1. Contemporary criminal justice system, major systems of social control and their policies and practices; victimology; juvenile justice; comparative criminal justice; ethics in criminal justice.
  2. Women as victims and offenders; race, ethnicity and minority group status in relation to the criminal justice system.
  3. History, theory, practice and legal environment, development of correctional philosophy, incarceration, diversions, community-based corrections, treatment of offenders, alternatives to incarceration.
  4. The nature and causes of crime and deviance, typologies, offenders, and victims.
  5. Criminal law, criminal procedures, prosecution, defense, and court procedures and decision-making.
  6. History, theory, practice and legal environment of policing, police organization, discretion, and subculture.
  7. Qualitative and Quantitative methodologies-including statistics-and  methods for conducting and analyzing criminal justice research in a manner appropriate for undergraduate degree students.

Schuylkill and Wilkes-Barre Campuses

  1. Students will be able to have a basic understanding of the nature of the three branches of the Criminal Justice System (Legal, Law Enforcement, Corrections).
  2. Students will be able to have developed critical thinking skills to understand and to formulate solutions to problems relating to criminological issues.
  3. The students will have developed a core of criminological knowledge and concepts which will help them understand the functioning of and issues relevant to the criminal justice system.
  4. Students will be able to understand and apply theories of criminal and deviant behavior, and the behavior of law.
  5. Students will be able to read and correctly interpret Criminal Justice research and data.
  6. Students will be able to understand the relationship between culture, social class and criminal justice.
  7. Students will be able to communicate criminological issues effectively and deliver written and/or oral presentations.
  8. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and application skills regarding the fact that the criminal justice professional must operate in a climate of tolerance and respect where opposing viewpoints can be exchanged openly.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Beaver

Mari Pierce
Associate Professor of Administration of Justice
Ross Administration Building Office 213
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3549
mpb16@psu.edu

DuBois

David Bish
Assistant Teaching Professor and Program Coordinator
1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801
814-372-3014
drb218@psu.edu

Fayette

LaVarr McBride
Assistant Teaching Professor in Administration of Justice, Administration of Justice
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4240
lwm13@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Hazleton

Pamela Black
Associate Professor of Administration of Justice
Memorial 105
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3548
pup1@psu.edu

New Kensington

Richard Wentling
Assistant Professor, Administration of Justice
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6761
rwentling@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Ron Kelly
Administration of Justice Program Coordinator
A-124 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6075
rap179@psu.edu

Shenango

Travis Millburn
Assistant Professor
147 Shenango Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2954
twm5527@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Jeremy Olson
Interim Program Coordinator, Administration of Justice
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9255
jjo5358@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Beaver Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CRIMJ 12*3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 1003
General Education Course3CRIMJ 221*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Quantification (GQ)3General Education Course3
PSU 8 (if recommended)0-1Health & Wellness General Education (GHW)1.5
 15-16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ selection (300 level or lower)*3STAT 200 Elementary Statistics (GQ)* ‡ †4
Values & Ethics Course*3-4CRIMJ selection (300 level or lower)*3
Consultation with adviser - related area *3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Health & Wellness General Education (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 13.5-14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ - 400 level*3CRIMJ - 400 level*3
Consultation with adviser - related area*3General Education Course3
Consultation with adviser - related area*3CRIMJ 451 or 453*3
CRIMJ Selection*3Consultation with adviser - related area*3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400 level*3CRIMJ 494*5
CRIMJ 290*1Elective3-4
CRIMJ 240W4CRIMJ 495*5
General Education Course3 
Elective3 
 14 13-14
Total Credits 118-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

DuBois Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153CRIMJ 12* 3
General Education (GQ)3Consultation with advisor - related area* 3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200‡†4CRIMJ 451 or 453* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ selection3CRIMJ selection3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 Elective3
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 290* 1
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 221* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
General Education Course3CRIMJ selection* 3
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4944
CRIMJ selection* 3CRIMJ 4953-12
CRIMJ 240W4Elective4
General Education Course3 
General Education Course3 
 16 11-20
Total Credits 120-129

Fayette Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153CRIMJ 12* 3
General Education (GQ)3Consultation with advisor - related area* 3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200‡†4CRIMJ 451 or 453* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ selection3CRIMJ selection3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 Elective3
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 290* 1
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 221* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
General Education Course3CRIMJ selection* 3
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4944
CRIMJ selection* 3CRIMJ 4953-12
CRIMJ 240W4Elective4
General Education Course3 
General Education Course3 
 16 11-20
Total Credits 120-129

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Greater Allegheny Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PSU 81CRIMJ 12* 3
ENGL 15, ENGL 30, or ESL 15 (GWS)3General Education Course3
CRIMJ 100* 3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GQ)3
General Education Course3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C3
General Education Course3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 221*3ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3
ECON 104*3General Education Course3
Values and Ethics Course*3STAT 200*‡†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 CMPSC 203*4
 12 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 210*3CRIMJ 220*3
CRIMJ/CRIM 451 or 453*3CRIMJ 230*3
SOC/AFAM 409 or 422*3CRIMJ additional course - 400-level*3
Major supporting course* 3Major supporting course*3
General Education Course3LER 100*3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ additional course - 400-level* 3CRIMJ 424W*3
Major supporting course* 3CRIMJ 250W*3
General Education Course3Elective 3
Emphasis course 400-level*3Elective3
Elective 3Elective 3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes:

Additional CRIMJ courses: Select 18 credits in CRIMJ courses, with at least 9 credits at the 400-level.

Emphasis courses: Research and Policy Analysis Emphasis B only offered [Select 15 credits, at least 6 at the 400 level from: AMST 491W(3-6), CRIMJ 424W(3), any CMPSC (3), ECON 104 GS(3), LER 100 GS(3), LST 370(3), PLSC 002(3), PLSC 419 US(3), PLSC 490(3), SOC 409 US(3), SOC 419(3), SOC 422(3), or SOC 423(3)]

Major supporting courses: Select 12 credits, in consultation with adviser. Recommended options include psychology courses (e.g., abnormal, forensic), HDFS courses (e.g., courses on developmental or family problems), IST or SRA security courses, and/or internship (CRIMJ 495).

Hazleton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153CRIMJ 12* 3
General Education (GQ)3Consultation with advisor - related area* 3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200‡†4CRIMJ 451 or 453* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ selection3CRIMJ selection3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 Elective3
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 290* 1
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 221* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
General Education Course3CRIMJ selection* 3
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4944
CRIMJ selection* 3CRIMJ 4953-12
CRIMJ 240W4Elective4
General Education Course3 
General Education Course3 
 16 11-20
Total Credits 120-129

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

New Kensington Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CRIMJ 12* 3
Quantification (GQ)3CRIMJ 221*3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 Health & Wellness General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Consultation with adviser - related area3STAT 200‡†4
CRIMJ Selection (300 level or lower)*3CRIMJ Selection (300 level or lower)*3
Values and Ethics Course*3-4ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
Health & Wellness General Education Course1.5General Education Course3
 13.5-14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ Selection*3CRIMJ 451 or 453*3
Consultation with adviser - related area* 3Consultation with adviser - related area* 3
Consultation with adviser - related area* 3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4945
CRIMJ 240W*4CRIMJ 4955
CRIMJ 290*1Elective3-4
General Education Course3 
Elective3 
 14 13-14
Total Credits 118-120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Schuylkill Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CRIMJ 12*3
CRIMJ 100* 3CRIMJ 221*3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3Natural Science (GN)3
Quantification (GQ)3CAS 1003
PSU 008 - First Year Seminar 2General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 17 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ Selection*3STAT 200 Elementary Statistics (GQ)* ‡ †4
Values and Ethics Course*3-4CRIMJ Selection*3
Consultation with adviser - related area *3ENGL 202 (A,B,C or D): Effective Writing (GWS)3
General Education Course (GA, GH, GS)3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course3
 13.5-14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ - 400 level*3CRIMJ - 400 level*3
Consultation with adviser - related area*3General Education Course3
Consultation with adviser - related area*3CRIMJ 451 or 453*3
CRIMJ Selection*3Consultation with adviser - related area*3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400 level*3CRIMJ 494*5
CRIMJ 290*1Elective3
CRIMJ 240W4CRIMJ 495*5
General Education Course3 
Elective3 
 14 13
Total Credits 120-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Integrative Studies (either Inter-domain or Linked courses) (6 credits).

Integrative Studies may be completed within the 30 Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.  For Inter-domain courses, credit may apply to both Knowledge Domain designations but does not reduce the total number of credits within the Knowledge Domains and at least 3 credits of single-domain coursework are required in each of the 5 Knowledge Domains.  Linked courses used for the Integrative Studies requirement must represent two different Knowledge Domains.

Shenango Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or ENGL 303CRIMJ 12* 3
Quantification (GQ)3CRIMJ 221*3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 8 (if recommended)0-1Health & Wellness General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15-16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Consultation with adviser - related area3STAT 200‡†4
Values and Ethics Course*3-4CRIMJ Selection (300 level or lower)*3
General Education Course3CRIMJ Selection (300 level or lower)*3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
Health & Wellness General Education Course1.5General Education Course3
 13.5-14.5 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ Selection*3CRIMJ 451 or 453*3
Consultation with adviser - related area* 3Consultation with adviser - related area* 3
Consultation with adviser - related area* 3General Education Course3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4945
CRIMJ 240W4CRIMJ 4955
CRIMJ 290*1Elective3-4
General Education Course3 
Elective3 
 14 13-14
Total Credits 118-121

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Notes

As long as two Arts (GA) two Humanities (GH) and two Social Sciences (GS) are taken across the eight semesters, the particular order in which these courses are taken are not relevant. The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through the curriculum.

Academic Advising Notes

A student's career/graduate school plans should be considered in developing an individual academic plan. Be sure to consult an adviser in this department when scheduling courses. Rev/SP07

Wilkes-Barre Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 153CRIMJ 12* 3
General Education (GQ)3Consultation with advisor - related area* 3
CRIMJ 100* 3CAS 100A3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
PSU 81General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 16.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
STAT 200‡†4CRIMJ 451 or 453* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
CRIMJ selection3CRIMJ selection3
General Education Course3ENGL 202A3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 Elective3
 16 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 290* 1
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 221* 3
Consultation with advisor - related area* 3CRIMJ 400-level* 3
General Education Course3CRIMJ selection* 3
Elective3Elective3
 15 13
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CRIMJ 400-level* 3CRIMJ 4944
CRIMJ selection* 3CRIMJ 4953-12
CRIMJ 240W4Elective4
General Education Course3 
General Education Course3 
 16 11-20
Total Credits 120-129

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Career Paths

Administration of Justice helps students prepare for a challenging career through this unique combination of theory and application, emphasizing the underlying sociological aspects of criminal justice. Graduates of Administration Justice find an array of career opportunities in addition to options for graduate study and continued education.

Careers

Administration of Justice graduates provide career opportunities in federal, state, and local law enforcement and correction agencies, probation and parole services, community crime prevention and treatment services, and private sector security. Many opportunities are available in juvenile and drug rehabilitation counseling, recreation programs, forestry settings, and other sites. Career opportunities, which are expanding rapidly, offer a good salary, excellent job security, and extensive possibilities for advancement.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The degree also provides you with an excellent opportunity for graduate school, including masters or doctorate programs in law, criminology, human development, psychology, and the social sciences. Students also participate in original research, which provides experience designed to assist you in determining your career goals.

Contact

Beaver

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Ross Administration Building Office 213
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3549
mpb16@psu.edu

https://beaver.psu.edu/academics/degrees/aoj

DuBois

1 College Place
DuBois, PA 15801
814-372-3014
drb218@psu.edu

https://dubois.psu.edu/directory/administration-justice-program

Fayette

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4240
lwm13@psu.edu

https://fayette.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/administration-justice

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/administration-justice-ba-or-bs

Hazleton

Memorial 105
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3548
pup1@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/administration-justice

New Kensington

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6761
rwentling@psu.edu

https://newkensington.psu.edu/4-year-administration-justice

Schuylkill

A-124 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6075
rap179@psu.edu

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/admin-justice

Shenango

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
Ross Administration Building Office 213
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3549
mpb16@psu.edu

https://shenango.psu.edu/academics/majors-shenango/administration-justice

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9255
jjo5358@psu.edu

https://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/aoj