College of General Studies

Administration of Justice (BA)

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  • Private detectives and investigators: expected to grow 21percent by 2020; median salary of $42,870
  • Forensic science technicians: expected to grow 19 percentby 2020; median salary of $51,570
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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In American society, the justice system is a central social institution. Its effects on individuals and social groups give it a pivotal role in a changing society. The administration of justice program, offered by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, is an upper-division undergraduate course of interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts and sciences that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The goal of this baccalaureate program is to develop an understanding of the evolution, theory, structure, functioning, and processes of change in the total system of criminal justice in our society.

Administration of justice majors develop competence in one of four specialized areas:

  • Adult and juvenile corrections
  • Law enforcement practice
  • Forensics
  • Cybercrime

Students in the Butler area may complete this degree program while staying close to home, through a combination of online courses and evening classes at our additional location on the Butler County Community College campus.

Students must complete a minimum of 120 credits (approximately 40 courses) for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in administration of justice. Of this total, 30 credits (10 courses) make up the major, which is satisfied by taking courses to complete the core requirements, area of concentration, and major electives. The remaining credits required for the degree are outlined on the Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree information sheet. Other related courses are offered by the anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology departments. Check with your College of General Studies academic advisor for approved courses from these departments that satisfy the major electives requirement.

A. Core Requirements: 12 credits (four courses)

Administration of Justice

Course Number TitleCredits
ADMJ 0500 Introduction to Administration of Justice3
ADMJ 1400 Introduction to Criminal Law (also offered as LEGLST 1140)3
ADMJ 1450 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice3
ADMJ 1900Pre-Service Internship3

B. Area of Concentration: 9 credits

Choose one of the four areas of specialization

Course Number TitleCredits
1. Adult and Juvenile Corrections
ADMJ 1220 Deviance and the Law3
ADMJ 1300  Introduction to Corrections3
PSY 1205  Abnormal Psychology3
2. Law Enforcement Practice
ADMJ 1200  Introduction to Law Enforcement3
ADMJ 1265  Advanced Topics in Criminology3
ADMJ 1410  Introduction to Criminal Procedure (also offered as LEGLST 1141)3
3. Forensics
ADMJ 1100  Crime Scene Investigation3
ADMJ 1115   Criminalistics 3
LEGLST 1230  Pyschology and the Law3
4. Cybercrime
ADMJ 1234  Introduction to Cybercrime3
Choose two of the following concentration courses: 
ADMJ 1236  International Organized Crime3
ADMJ 1238  Cybersecurity, the Law, and Money Laundering3
ADMJ 1246Financing Terrorism3
ADMJ 1425  Principles of Homeland Security

C. Major Electives: 9 credits

Choose three additional courses from the following:

Course Number TitleCredits
ADMJ 0100  Society and the Law   3
ADMJ 0600  Introduction to Criminology 3
ADMJ 1100  Crime Scene Investigation 3
ADMJ 1115  Criminalistics 3
ADMJ 1118  Criminalistics Lab 1
ADMJ 1200 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3
ADMJ 1205  Introduction to Police Management 3
ADMJ 1210 Juvenile Delinquency3
ADMJ 1220  Deviance and the Law 3
ADMJ 1225  The Juvenile Justice Process3
ADMJ 1230  White-collar Crime3
ADMJ 1234 Introduction to Cybercrime3
ADMJ 1235  Organized Crime 3
ADMJ 1236  International Organized Crime 3
ADMJ 1238  Cybersecurity, the Law, and Money Laundering  3
ADMJ 1242 
Gender, Race, Class, and Crime  3
ADMJ 1245  Terrorism 3
ADMJ 1246  Financing Terrorism3
ADMJ 1265  Advanced Topics in Criminology 3
ADMJ 1300  Introduction to Corrections 3
ADMJ 1350 Probation and Parole3
ADMJ 1410  Introduction to Criminal Procedure (also offered as LEGLST 1141)3
ADMJ 1425  Principles of Homeland Security 3
ADMJ 1900Pre-Service Internship1 - 6
ADMJ 1901  Independent Study 1 - 3

Please Note: 
This major requires that you complete an internship at a facility outside the University, and that facility may require a criminal background check, Act 33/34 clearance, and perhaps drug screening to determine whether you are qualified to participate in the internship. Additionally, in order to become licensed or employed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

Transfer Credit Agreement

A transfer credit agreement has been established between the criminal justice program at Butler County Community College and the administration of justice program at Pitt. The agreement gives a course-by-course outline of the associate’s degree program and the equivalent course or requirement fulfilled for CGS. Courses transfer if graded C or better. For a copy of the transfer agreement for a specific community college, contact CGS.

Police Academy Certification

Students may receive up to 15 transfer credits for completion of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Academy Act 120 or state police cadet training. Certification course work is equivalent to ADMJ 0500, ADMJ 1400, ADMJ 1410, and two ADMJ elective courses.