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Criminal Justice



Department Chair

Peter Benekos, Ph.D. FACULTY

Professors: Peter Benekos, Ph.D.; Frank Hagan, Ph.D. Associate Professors: Tina M. Fryling, M.S., J.D.; Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. Maria Garase, Ph.D.

subsequent offenses will result in expulsion from the criminal justice major. The Department also subscribes Students are not Criminal Justice majors simply because to the Academic Dishonesty Policy set forth by the Office of Academic Affairs. they are enrolled in Criminal Justice courses. Students who enroll as Criminal Justice majors must meet and MAJOR FIELD TEST maintain University and Department academic In order to assess the learning of criminal justice majors, requirements. This requires a minimum overall GPA of all majors must take a standardized major field test upon 2.0 and a Criminal Justice GPA of 2.5. In addition, students must also demonstrate character and conduct their entrance to the criminal justice program as a freshman and during their senior year as a requirement which are consistent with professional standards for for graduation. careers in Criminal Justice. Student progress and academic achievement are monitored and evaluated by the Department each semester. The faculty may also request a meeting with students to review academic progress. Students who fail to meet or maintain the GPA requirements or the appropriate conduct standards will be subject to probationary status or removal from the Criminal Justice major. Students who are dismissed from Criminal Justice will be placed on Non-Major status and referred to an Academic Counselor to consider academic alternatives, including repeating Criminal Justice courses and petitioning the Department for re­admission to the major. Students with Non-Major status who take Criminal Justice courses will not be eligible to graduate in Criminal Justice.


4. Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA in the Major. Eligibility for a B.A., A.S., or a minor in any of the four areas of concentration requires a 2.5 GPA.

CORRECTIONS (Four-year degree)

All Criminal Justice Department majors are required to complete successfully the following courses in partial fulfillment of the Bachelor of Arts degree: CRJS 101 Justice in America 3 credits Adjunct Faculty CRJS 104 Introduction to Corrections 3 credits Mark Amendola, M.S.S.A., L.S.W.; CRJS/ Robert Blakely, M.S.; SOC 205 Introduction to Juvenile Sgt. Dennis Donovan, PSP, Ret.; Justice and Patricia Lightner, M.S.; Delinquency 3 credits Matthew Rea, M.S.; CRJS 207 Police Functions 3 credits Jeff Shaw, M.S.W. CRJS/SOC 230 Criminology 3 credits James Pitonyak, J.D. CRJS 310 Constitutional Law in Criminal Procedure I 3 credits CRJS 318 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research 3 credits A three credit internship can be accomplished in the MISSION CRJS 343 Criminal Justice Ethics 3 credits The mission of the Criminal Justice program is to provide junior or senior year in Law Enforcement, Corrections, CRJS 410 Senior Seminar 3 credits Juvenile Justice or Pre-Law. These programs are reserved students with a liberal arts background that will enable Criminal Justice Electives (16 credits) for students who achieve a minimum of 2.5 GPA in major them to live rich and fulfilling lives, with the capability of required courses. personal responsibility, professional development and In addition to the Criminal Justice core required of all civic responsibility. The opportunity for an internship will depend upon the majors, a student must specialize in one of the following concentrations: availability of internships and the approval of the staff. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Students who wish to graduate from the Criminal Justice The goals and objectives of the program are to provide LAW ENFORCEMENT (Four-year degree) students with a basic knowledge of the operation of the Department must: CRJS 208 Criminal Investigation 3 credits 1. Maintain a general academic average of at least 2.0. criminal justice system, including the necessary CRJS 309 Contemporary Police Problems 3 credits historical background, the legal aspects and CRJS 326 Police Administration 3 credits 2. Demonstrate desirable physical, mental, emotional, ramifications, the sociological factors and issues, and CRJS 475 Law Enforcement Internship 3 credits and social traits for entry into the Criminal Justice the basic principles and skills needed for an entry-level professions. career position. Students may take approved Criminal Justice electives (6 credits) in lieu of Internship. 3. Complete 45 credits of Major Course Requirements. CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR (BACHELOR Assistant Professor: Frank Rodriguez, Ph.D.


The Criminal Justice Department offers major concentrations in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice and Pre-Law. An Associate Degree is offered in Law Enforcement at the North East campus. A minor concentration is available to non-majors in all four areas. A student who wishes to graduate with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice or Pre-Law must meet the regular degree requirements of the University as well as the requirements of the Criminal Justice Department. A Criminal Justice major who wishes to select two concentrations must complete all Criminal Justice core courses PLUS five separate courses for each concentration.


The Criminal Justice Department supports the Mercyhurst Writing Across the Curriculum Program by requiring extensive writing assignments as part of the curricula.


The Criminal Justice Department prohibits plagiarism in any form, including directly copying large or small portions of either printed works or written papers of another student. Paraphrasing, or changing an author’s ideas or words, is also a form of plagiarism if the source of the idea being paraphrased is not acknowledged. Violations of this policy are treated seriously. A first offense will result in failure of the course; any

CRJS 222 CRJS 328 CRJS 344 CRJS 475

Human Behavior in Corrections Contemporary Police Problems Corrections Counseling Corrections Internship

3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits

Students may take approved Criminal Justice electives (6 credits) in lieu of Internship.

JUVENILE JUSTICE (Four-year degree) CRJS 280 CRJS 285 CRJS 317 CRJS 475

The Juvenile Justice System Approaches to Juvenile Delinquency Professional Practice in Juvenile Justice Juvenile Justice Internship

3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits

Students may take approved Criminal Justice electives (6 credits) in lieu of Internship.

2013-2014 Mercyhurst University Course Catalog •

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