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10/2/2007 —

Following the events of 9-11, the U.S. government enacted laws designed to prevent future attacks. As a result of these circumstances, thousands of new jobs were created, many requiring civil or military law enforcement experience. 

At Penn State Wilkes-Barre, the University has been developing innovative, educational courses in law enforcement to help combat crime at the local and national level. The Administration of Justice (AOJ) program is specifically designed for the incoming student who wants the flexibility to pursue a variety of career opportunities with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The curriculum also prepares those who are interested in the challenges that are associated with today’s crime problems.

Penn State Wilkes-Barre faculty member, Marshall Davis says that, “As we move into the 21st century, we’re facing some of the most serious criminal threats ever faced by society, including how to effectively deal with high tech crime and domestic terrorism. Today’s Administration of Justice students are tomorrow’s first responders.”

Just like the hit television show CSI, students can learn how to become effective crime solvers by enrolling in classes like criminology, threat analysis, and criminal investigation techniques. There's over 30 courses to choose from that will lead to a four-year Penn State degree. “The program provides a unique combination of formal classroom instruction, individual study, and field experience that allows them to work in a criminal justice system,” said Davis.

Upon completion of the AOJ program, Penn State Wilkes-Barre graduates are exposed to many career opportunities at the federal and state levels, such as the Secret Service and the Pennsylvania State Police.

To learn more, contact the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Admissions Office at 570-675-9263 or go to http://www.wb.psu.edu/.

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