Administration of Justice (B.A. or B.S.)

Administration of Justice (B.A. or B.S.)

The bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degree programs in Administration of Justice at Penn State Schuylkill educate students on necessary communication and analytical skills critical to succeed in administration of justice and related careers.

The study of administration of justice is approached as an applied interdisciplinary science, teaching students both the theoretical and the practical aspects of crime control and the administration of justice. The curriculum provides students with the opportunity and assistance to acquire knowledge of the roles of policing, courts, laws, and corrections as they relate to both the adult and juvenile justice system. Students also gain knowledge of the history, concepts, and critical issues related to the role of gender and race/ethnicity in the criminal justice system, victimology, and ethics in administration of justice.

Career Opportunities

Many career possibilities exist for graduates of the Administration of Justice program at Penn State Schuylkill, including:

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • U.S. Marshal's Office
  • U.S. Immigration Office
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Sheriff departments
  • Municipal and state police departments
  • Security and loss prevention programs
  • Private security firms
  • Border and highway patrol
  • Prison security
  • Court administration
  • Legal aid/paralegal
  • Delinquency prevention programs
  • Juvenile court personnel
  • Youth shelters and other juvenile residential institutions
  • Probation and parole offices

Graduates are also qualified to apply for jobs in shelters for abused women and children, rape crisis centers, drug and alcohol programs, jails and prisons, halfway houses, and a wide variety of crime prevention and diversion programs.

Advanced Study

Through an interdisciplinary approach to the study of problems of crime and society, the program aims to equip students to pursue graduate study in legal studies, administration of justice, or public administration.


The Administration of Justice internship program provides opportunities for students to obtain practical, on-the-job experience while earning academic credit. Students can apply to complete internships in a variety of organizations such as:

  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
  • Local boroughs
  • Probation and parole offices of surrounding counties

For more information about the Administration of Justice program, contact:

Mr. Ronald Kelly
Program Coordinator