Re-examining the death penalty

Associate Professor of Administration of Justice Mari Pierce is examining capital case transcripts for insight on jury decisions, research that one day could affect how cases are tried and the future of the death penalty in the United States.
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Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice

Baccalaureate Degree

The Bachelor of Science in 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. One of the most attractive features of these careers is the daily excitement of the job; no two days are ever the same!

The Administration of Justice program prepares students for a challenging career through a unique combination of formal classroom instruction and field experience, including an extensive internship.

Be a Leader in Administration of Justice

Graduates in the Administration of Justice program find an array of 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.

While earning this degree, students will participate in an extensive internship to gain valuable hands-on experience.

The degree also provides you with an excellent opportunity for graduate school, including master's 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.

*Penn State Beaver, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State Shenango jointly deliver the Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice. All required courses are offered at each campus, although students should expect to take some courses via interactive video and/or the Web.