Mansfield University

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Located in the beautiful rugged mountains of North Central Pennsylvania, Mansfield University is a small, rural campus about 30 miles south of Corning, New York, and about five hours northwest of Philadelphia.

The institution offers more than 70 two and four-year degrees and masters degree programs. The faculty-student ratio is about 19:1. The five largest undergraduate degree programs, in order of size, are criminal justice administration, elementary education, special education, and nursing and business administration.

The Criminal Justice Administration Course

The Department of Criminal Justice is celebrating it's twentieth anniversary in 1994, having been established in 1974 as one of the first four college programs in Pennsylvania to grant a Bachelor's degree. It is unique in not only Pennsylvania but in the rest of the country in it's requirement that every criminal justice course, whether it be offered by a full or part time faculty person, must be taught by a Ph.D. in criminal justice.

There are many other university courses related to criminal justice that are taught by highly qualified professors with doctorates in psychology, sociology, political science and other related social sciences and humanities, but the requirement of a doctorate in criminal justice in order to teach a course in criminal justice remains in order to insure both the highest professional and academic standards in the unique academic profession of criminal justice.

As far as it is known, no other university, anywhere, can equal that accomplishment in criminal justice at the undergraduate level.

In addition to being among the first to offer the Bachelors degree, the Department is presently the first in size among the twenty-two degree programs offered at Mansfield University with a student body slightly in excess of 250 students within a university student population of approximately 3000 students.

In addition to required core courses that mandate a detailed knowledge of the criminal justice system as a whole, sophisticated professional elective options allow the student to develop further expertise in specialized areas. These areas include but are not limited to the following among the total of 26 courses offered: police administration, investigation and interrogation, criminalistics, criminological analysis, probation and parole, criminal law, loss prevention management, private security, correctional treatment, and juvenile justice administration.

Most majors complete a summer internship practicum with a criminal justice agency in the public and/or private sector by graduation. Mansfield University criminal justice students have pursued internships not only in Pennsylvania but in over two dozen other states as well, in addition to those in foreign countries.

Mansfield University's graduates in this exciting, demanding and growing field are presently employed by U.S. Immigration, DEA, FBI. Secret Service, and the U.S. Marshals Office, among other public and private agencies. Numerous graduates are in state and municipal criminal justice agencies and some have presented cases as attorneys in the federal courts. The best academic graduates often continue their studies in graduate schools offering Ph.D.'s in criminal justice as well as in law school.

Part V

Course Offerings Schedule of Courses

The schedule of courses designed to implement the Criminal Justice Departmental

needs to meet certain criteria, as it must provide adequate coverage for the Criminal Justice major. This means offering core courses, electives, and individualized opportunities frequently enough to allow a student to complete their degree requirements in a timely manner. Through adequate sequencing we are able to accomplish these criteria effectively. It is as follows:

Course                    Title                          Semester

CJA 100 (R)    Intro to Administration of CJ            Fall/Spring
CJA 201 (R)    Intro to Corrections                     Fall/Spring
CJA 202 (R)    Intro to Law Enforcement                 Fall/Spring
CJA 240        Organized Crime in America               Spring
CJA 251        Police-Community Relations               Fall
CJA 252        Investigation/Interrogation              Spring
CJA 256        Probation/Parole/Community Corrections   Fall
CJA 257        Correctional Institutions/Service        Summer
CJA 276        Criminology: A Multi Approach            Fall
CJA 301        Industrial Security                      Fall
CJA 324 (R)    Administration of Justice                Fall/Spring
CJA 326 (RE)   Court Management                         By Demand
CJA 336        Criminalistics                           Summer
CJA 340 (RE)   Management of Volunteers in CJA          By Demand
CJA 354        Criminal Law                             Alternate Spring
CJA 355        Evidence and Criminal Procedure          Alternate Fall
CJA 356        Law of Corrections                       By Demand
CJA 357        Correctional Strategies                  Spring
CJA 359 (RE)   Juvenile Justice                         Fall
CJA 395 (R)    Delinquency and CJ System                Fall/Spring
CJA 401        Advanced Industrial Security             Spring
CJA 405        Research Methods in CJ                   Fall
CJA 450        Practicum in CJA (Junior Status)         Spring/Summer/Fall
CJA 453 (RE)   Police Organization/Administration       Spring
CJA 496        Selected Topics                          By Demand
CJA 497        Independent Study                       By Request

* R - Required

RE - Required Group, One Course Required

Bob McCullough was appointed by the Lycoming County Common Pleas Court to his present position of 14 years as an adult probation officer in 1980. …