Administration of Justice (BA)

Administration of Justice Major Ranked #2 in Pennsylvania

The College of General Studies Administration of Justice major has been ranked as the second best program in Pennsylvania by Zippia, a career  services and job search platform. Zippia's ranking has taken into account data on the quality of the Criminal Justice Program and how students perform after college, among other criteria. Check out the study here: Best Colleges In Pennsylvania For Criminal Justice Majors. Zippia has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, CNBC and the NY Times, and other major publications. This is the third year Zippia has ranked programs.  October 2019

In American society, the justice system is a central social institution whose effect on individuals and social groups give it a pivotal role in a changing society. The fastest-growing administration of justice jobs from 2016 through 2026 include:

Job Title Growth Projection Rate Median Salary (2017)
Private detectives and investigators 11% -- faster than the average for all occupations $50,700
Forensic science technicians 17% -- Job openings should remain plentiful because many people leave the occupation each year $57,850
Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists 6% -- about average for all occupations $51,410

​To learn more about the pay and job growth outlook for Administration of Justice and other occupations, explore the Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Our administration of justice program 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 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 make up the major, which is satisfied by taking courses to complete the core requirements, area of concentration, and major electives. The remaining credits consist of General Education Requirements. Other related courses are offered by the anthropology, political science, psychology, and sociology departments. 

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 here at Pitt. This 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 us directly.

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.

Course Format

Many CGS programs offer a blend of face-to-face and flexible online class formats, all designed to meet our students' needs and schedule constraints.

Online courses are marked with an (●). Courses offered in both face-to-face and online formats are marked with an (#). Courses with no indicator are offered face-to-face only.

Visit CGS Courses to learn more about our flexible offerings and how to search for classes in the course catalog.

Prerequisites and Courses

Core Requirements: (12 credits)

Catalog Number Title Credits
ADMJ 0500 Introduction to Administration of Justice (#) 3
ADMJ 1400 Introduction to Criminal Law (also offered as LEGLST 1140) (●) 3
ADMJ 1450 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice (#) 3
ADMJ 1900 Pre-Service Internship (●) 3

Area of Concentration: (9 credits)

Choose one of the four areas of specialization. All courses listed under a given area are required.

Area of Concentration Catalog Number Title Credits
Adult and Juvenile Corrections ADMJ 1220 Deviance and the Law (#) 3
  ADMJ 1300  Introduction to Corrections 3
  PSY 1205 (effective Fall 2019: 0205) Abnormal Psychology (effective Fall 2019: Psychopathology) (#) 3
Law Enforcement Practice ADMJ 1200  Introduction to Law Enforcement (#) 3
  ADMJ 1265 or ADMJ 0600 Advanced Topics in Criminology (#) or Introduction to Criminology 3
  ADMJ 1410  Introduction to Criminal Procedure (also offered as LEGLST 1141) (#) 3
Forensics ADMJ 1100  Crime Scene Investigation (#) 3
  ADMJ 1115   Criminalistics (#) 3
  LEGLST 1230  Pyschology and the Law (#) 3
Cybercrime ADMJ 1234  Introduction to Cybercrime (#) 3
    Choose two of the following four courses:  
  ADMJ 1236  International Organized Crime (#) 3
  ADMJ 1238  Cybersecurity, the Law, and Money Laundering (#) 3
  ADMJ 1246 Financing Terrorism 3
  ADMJ 1425  Principles of Homeland Security 3

Major Electives: (9 credits)

Choose three additional courses from the following:

Catalog Number Title Credits
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 Delinquency 3
ADMJ 1220  Deviance and the Law (#) 3
ADMJ 1225  The Juvenile Justice Process (#) 3
ADMJ 1230  White-collar Crime 3
ADMJ 1234 Introduction to Cybercrime (#) 3
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 Terrorism 3
ADMJ 1265  Advanced Topics in Criminology (#) 3
ADMJ 1300  Introduction to Corrections (#) 3
ADMJ 1350 Probation and Parole 3
ADMJ 1410  Introduction to Criminal Procedure (also offered as LEGLST 1141) (#) 3
ADMJ 1425  Principles of Homeland Security  3
ADMJ 1495 Comparative Justice in Ireland (summer study abroad offering) 3
ADMJ 1900 Pre-Service Internship (●) 1 - 6
ADMJ 1901  Independent Study  1 - 3
LEGLST 1230 Psychology and the Law (#) 3
URBNST 0400 Crime, Punishment, Justice, Reintegration 3
*Any Pitt Prison Education Project (PPEP) course Codes and Topics vary 3

* Note: Students may take up to two PPEP courses with approval from advisor.

Requirements are subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.