August 25, 2010 Handbook for the Criminal Justice Program
Penn State Altoona
Full-Time Faculty/Staff Members:
*Mary Ann Probst, J.D., Program Coordinator
103 Cypress, firstname.lastname@example.org , 814-949-5352
Michael Arter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
101 F Cypress;Date: 10/14/05
Amanda Cox, Ph.D. Assistant Professor
101E Cypress; email@example.com, 814-949-5176
L. Edward Day, Ph.D., Associate Professor
102 Cypress; firstname.lastname@example.org; 814-949-5780
Scott Kelly, Ph.D. Student, Advisor &Part-Time Lecturer
C106 Smith Building; email@example.com; 814-949-5718
Kimberly Menard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
101H Cypress, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-949-3320
Other Faculty members that advise CJ Students:
Amir Marvasti, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Smith Building; email@example.com ; 814-949-5448
The purpose of this handbook:
Resource for students interested in Criminal Justice
Guide to obtaining key resources
Information on how to approach your criminal justice professors
Academic and career planning
Created by Scott Kelly Integration into the Penn State Altoona Community and beyond
The Criminal Justice Program Mission Statement
"The Criminal Justice program at Penn State Altoona offers broad-based
education in the liberal arts tradition. In addition to breadth and depth of
knowledge about criminal justice, the program cultivates skills in critical thinking, oral
and written communication, issue analysis and problem solving. Students who
graduate from this program should be adaptable and flexible, participate in the civic
and intellectual life of the community, appreciate cultural diversity and practice ethical
http://www.aa.psu.edu/cj. (2005). Criminal Justice Mission Statement. Retrieved from the World Wide Web on
September 8, 2005.
Handbook for the Criminal Justice Program For Assistance Call 814-949-5718
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Criminal Justice Program Mission Statement
What to expect in the Criminal Justice Program 1
Why major in criminal justice/What do criminal justice majors do? and Criminal justice recourses 2
Criminal justice internship information 3
Advising Policy 32-30/Academic Advising/and Advising Appointments 4
Academic Integrity Policy 5
Academic Resources 6
Approaching Your Professors/Class Cancellation Policies 7
Student Organizations/Alpha Phi Sigma/Criminal Justice Organization/Mock Trial 8
First Year Seminar (Baccalaureate Students Only)/Career/Internship Resources 9
Major Career Manual: Books and other Resources 10
What You Should Do In Case of an Emergency (Personal or Family) 11
Learning Resources Center/Penn State Altoona's Writing Center/ 12
Penn State Altoona's Writing Center Information 12
Freshmen Strategies for Success 13
Graduate School Information/Law School/Preparing your Academic Portfolio/Conclusion 14
ALL CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE PROGRAM FORMS are located at http://www.aa.psu.edu/cj/degrees.htm
CJ Forms include: Degree Checklists (Associates in Science - 2CJ, Bachelor of Arts - CJBA, and Bachelor of Science - CJBS);
Recommended Academic Plans (Associates In Science - 2CJ, Bachelor of Arts - CJBA, and Bachelor of Science CJBS); and the Skills
Available Power Point Presentations (located at http://www.personal.psu.edu/sak229 ):
1. Making Connections Power Point Presentation (created by the Penn State Altoona DUS Office)
2. Time Management Power Point Presentation (created by the Penn State Altoona DUS Office)
3. When to do...Power Point Presentation (created by Mr. Scott Kelly)
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What to Expect in the Criminal Justice Program
The Penn State Altoona Criminal Justice Program includes the study of law enforcement, courts, and corrections. These courses will
include study as individual courses and as components of a system, plus work in theories of crime causation, and crime control policy.
Reading, writing, and critical thinking skills are absolutely essential to successful completion of this degree, as well as successful careers
in criminal justice. Students should enter well-equipped in these skills, and should expect them to be rigorously developed and applied
throughout the degree program.
Criminal Justice is a dynamic field that includes the study of the agencies and procedures set up to manage both crime and the persons
accused of violating the criminal law. It has become one of the most popular undergraduate majors in the United States.
The criminal justice program at Penn State Altoona offers various options: (These forms are located and can be printed from
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science (the "Skills Enhancement Form" is located on Mr. Kelly's Web site)
Associate of Science
Minor in Criminal Justice (18 credits)
Students receiving a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice (either B.S. or B.A.) should develop an understanding of each of the three
main components of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships, be able to evaluate critically both current and future crime
control policy proposals and criminal justice research, and understand the complexity of the phenomena of crime and criminal behavior
and its relationship to individual, social, and cultural factors.
The bachelor of arts degree in Criminal Justice provides a broadly based liberal arts background for the study of crime, justice, and the
criminal justice system. The bachelor of science offers an opportunity for educational enrichment in fields not traditionally considered
part of the liberal arts. Either degree is excellent preparation for a career in criminal justice, graduate or professional study, or informed
citizenship. Both degrees require a minimum of 124 credits.
An important part of the bachelor of science degree is a sequence of four courses chosen by students based on their own interests and
All baccalaureate students are required to complete a minimum three-credit internship with a criminal justice agency.
The criminal justice major at Penn State Altoona is based on the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences standards for criminal justice
In addition to studying police, courts, and corrections, students learn about computer applications, statistics, ethics, social research
and multi-cultural issues, as well as other key issues in modern criminal justice.
Entrance to major and graduation requirements can be located at: http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/lookmenu.htm.
Please see attachments 2-4 or http://www.aa.psu.edu/cj/degrees.htm for outlines of the Associates in Science, Bachelors of Art, Bachelors
of Science, and Skills Enhancement Forms.
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Why Major in Criminal Justice?
Nationwide, criminal justice is a labor intensive, growth industry; careers in criminal justice, especially corrections, continue to show
strong growth. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), 2008-09 Editions, employment of police and detectives is
expected to grow 11 percent over the 2006-16 decade; employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 16 percent between
2006 and 2016; and employment of lawyers is expected to grow 11 percent during the 2006-16 decade. For a list of Criminal Justice
Career Opportunities, please see Dr. L. Edward Day's web page (http://www.per sonal.psu.edu/faculty/l/e/led7/links.html), Mr. Scott
Kelly's web page (http://www.personal.psu.edu/sak229/cj_links.htm), or visit the Career Center on campus (SLEP Student Center ).
What Do Criminal Justice Majors Do?
A degree in criminal justice is solid preparation for many careers. While many criminal justice majors indicate a preference for law
enforcement, others find careers in prisons, community corrections, or court administration. Government positions in criminal justice
are available at the local, county, state and federal levels, and private security is a growing and important source of jobs for criminal
The criminal justice major at Penn State Altoona focuses on one of the most important public policy areas in our country today, and is
good preparation for graduate study in law, criminology, and other fields. Also, like students in other majors, criminal justice students
often find employment and build careers in fields not directly related to their major, such and insurance, journalism, human services,
and the military. It is an excellent major both for a career and for life.
Criminal Justice Resources
Resources pertaining to the field of Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Criminology can be found on the Criminal Justice Faculty/Staff
a. L. Edward Day, Ph. D., Associate Professor - http://www.personal.psu.edu/led7
b. Scott Kelly, Ph.D. Student, Academic Counselor and Part-Time Lecturer http://www.personal.psu.edu/sak229
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