The Criminal Justice system in the United States faces many challenges as we deal with mistrust in police officers, racial tensions, overcrowded prisons, impoverished communities and other serious issues.

This means that now, more than ever, society needs professional, ethical criminal justice practitioners who can assume leadership roles and are committed to helping others.

With a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from Alvernia University, you’ll be prepared for an entry level position in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, private security, social services, courts or another helping profession. You’ll have the knowledge, training and hands-on experience necessary for success in this challenging, but vital field.

Started in 1974, Alvernia’s well-established criminal justice program is highly regarded. Faculty members have served as an FBI agent, chief of police, Pennsylvania state trooper, probation and parole officer and assistant district attorney.

Students have opportunities for extensive field experience, and students working toward careers in law enforcement have the option of attending the Reading Police Academy to obtain Municipal Police Officer Certification as part of their four-year degree.

Our program attracts students from up and down the East Coast, as well as other parts of the country. If you are committed to service and making society a safer and better place, Alvernia University’s criminal justice program may be just what you’re looking for.

Your Career

The field of criminal justice is varied, and includes jobs in many areas. Criminal justice practitioners serve as police officers, fraud investigators, paralegals, special agents, social sheriffs and deputy sheriffs, loss prevention officers, security directors, customs officials and federal marshals. Others work as social workers, victims’ advocates, or protective services workers.

Some students enroll in Alvernia’s criminal justice program in preparation for law school and a career in the legal field. Others choose to attend graduate school after earning their bachelor’s degrees to study sociology, criminology, psychology, criminal justice or other social science-related area.

With such a wide range of careers, the rate of job growth varies from one field to another. Overall, however, demand for criminal justice professionals is expected to rise throughout the next 10 years.

Alvernia criminal justice graduates have found success as detectives, parole officers, victims’ advocates, protective services workers, corrections officers, U.S. customs officers, employees for Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Defense and court employees.

Others were accepted to prestigious law schools and are enjoying careers as attorneys, judges and public defenders. Whatever your career goals, Alvernia will provide the knowledge and experience you need to succeed.

For more information about Alvernia’s criminal justice administration program, contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

Your Curriculum

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and Criminal Justice majors must complete 42 credits in the major.

Required courses for criminal justice majors are:
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 102 Criminology
CJ 201 Criminal Law
CJ 217 Gender, Race and Crime
CJ 220 Writing for the Criminal Justice Professional
CJ 221 Research Methods I for Criminal Justice
CJ 273 Corrections, Probation and Parole
CJ 302 Judicial Process and Procedures
CJ 350 Professional Seminar/Criminal Justice
CJ 377 Juvenile Justice System
CJ 379 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ 403 Senior Seminar
CJ 408 Agency Practicum
CJ 422 Crisis Management
Plus 1 criminal justice elective course (3 credits)

Eighteen credits are required for a minor in criminal justice. Required courses are:
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 102 Criminology
CJ 217 Gender, Race and Crime
CJ 379 Ethics in Criminal Justice
Plus 2 criminal justice elective courses (6 credits)

Criminal Justice Administration