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Program Coordinator: Marshall Davis
Phone: (570) 675-9264
Email: mrd16@psu.edu


As we move into the twenty-first century, we are facing some of the most serious social problems ever faced by society, including how to effectively deal with crime in a rapidly changing world. Today’s Administration of Justice students are tomorrow’s front line protectors and policy makers. They are the students who will ultimately walk the fine line between crime control and due process. It is a commendable and challenging pursuit for young, passionate minds.

The four-year Administration of Justice (AOJ) bachelor’s degree offers students the flexibility to pursue an array of career opportunities in federal, state and local law enforcement and correction agencies, court-related services, probation and parole services, and private-sector security. It is also an excellent undergraduate degree choice for those interested in pursuing graduate studies, including law.

The Penn State Wilkes-Barre Administration of Justice program focuses on the interrelated components of the criminal justice system: public- and private-sector enforcement and investigation, legal systems, correctional treatment, and community services. The Administration of Justice program helps students prepare for a challenging career through a unique combination of formal classroom instruction, individual study, and field experience, while emphasizing the underlying sociological aspects of criminal justice.

The Administration of Justice program offers students the unique opportunity of obtaining either a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree. The student's choice would depend on whether his/her desire is to achieve a bradly based liberal education focused on the criminal justice system or to prepare for a career in the administration of justice. Graduates of the AOJ program acquire the background to be educated, thoughtful, intelligent citizens and practitioners.

The Administration of Justice Program encourages and welcomes the participation of returning and non traditional students in the program's varied course offerings. A number of Administration of Justice course offerings are scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings to enhance the attendance opportunities of the employed and non-traditional student. Many part time or adult learners have achieved their BA or BS degree in the Administration of Justice major through this form of participation.

In addition to our four-year degrees we offer Certificates of Administration of Justice in two separate areas of concentration.