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Justice Administration and Criminology

The Pitt-Johnstown Justice Administration and Criminology program provides you with an innovative, responsive, and challenging course of study in criminal and social justice and the 21st century social, legal, political, scientific, and technological dimensions of these issues. 

Due to a strong clinical focus, you will be able to apply your theoretical knowledge in practical settings throughout the course of study.  Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, the program offers an interdisciplinary examination of how societies define, discover, prosecute, and punish crime, as well as how they define and pursue fairness in the distribution of the burdens and benefits of society. 

As a Justice Administration and Criminology major at Pitt-Johnstown, you will:

  • Link classroom theory to practice in the field and gain valuable real-world experience through the innovative Community Lab Project (CLP).  Through the CLP, you will work directly with one of several community agencies that have agreed to host Pitt-Johnstown Justice Administration and Criminology students.
  • Receive first-hand experience in a range of law enforcement and social service agencies, including the offices the District Attorney, County Sheriff, County Prison, County Coroner, local police, Victim’s Services, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and juvenile justice agencies, among many others.
  • Acquire skills in computer forensics, cyber security, and cyber intelligence analysis – providing you with a 21st century technology dimension.

Tailored to YOUR Interests 

The Justice Administration and Criminology degree has been created to allow you to explore your interests and focus on a specific career track:

  • Law and Justice prepares you for graduate or law school, police or corrections training, or security and intelligence professions.  It consists of courses in society and law, legal procedures, race, gender and social class, and cyber law. 
  • Computer Forensics/Cyber Analytics prepares you for various professional certifications and employment in state and federal law enforcement, security and intelligence agencies, as well as private sector security occupations.  This track will provide you with analytical and technical skills and training that are not typically available in other criminal justice programs in the region.

 Justice Admin_Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Court Procedure
  • Criminology
  • Sociology of Law
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Science, Technology, Justice, and the Digital Age
  • Justice Administration and Criminology Senior Seminar
  • Justice Administration and Criminology Practicum
  • Cyber Law
  • Cyber Analytics
  • Advanced Cyber Analytics
  • Information Systems Security
  • Information Systems Auditing

Justice Admin_Careers 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-2011) reports “faster than average” growth and “excellent” job opportunities in justice administration and related areas including probation officers, corrections, and treatment specialists.   Similar growth is projected in areas including trained paralegal professionals and federal and state law enforcement occupations. 

The Bureau also reports that, given the proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, demand for those with computer forensics skills is also increasing.  Computers are increasingly used in crimes and there is a rapidly growing demand for persons with training and skills in retrieving and preserving electronic evidence of crimes stored on personal computers.  

Career opportunities include:

  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Advocacy
  • Program Development
  • Outreach
  • Mentoring
  • Casework
  • Victim’s Assistance
  • Counseling
  • Prevention Services
  • Administration
  • Supervision
  • Assessment
  • Reporting
  • Grant Writing
  • Consulting

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