Criminal Justice Program History
Alvernia’s criminal justice program was founded in 1974 by the late Sister Pacelli, under the same Franciscan values that inform our other programs. At the time, Sister Pacelli was the only woman in the nation to head a college criminal justice program. In the first year, a large group of male students, mostly police officers who came to be known as “Pacelli’s boys,” joined the forward-thinking program, virtually making the Pennsylvania college co-ed overnight.In 2009, with support of a grant, the criminal justice program received new classroom and lab space, complete with a state-of-the-art interrogation room and lie detector equipment that gives students exposure to situations that they would face in the real world.
Edgar J. Hartung, M.A. JD
Criminal Justice Department Chair
There is no typical CJ student. At Alvernia, you will study criminal justice administration with other majors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and many other regions in the tri-state area and across the country.