Administration of Justice

From traditional training in justice and criminology to advanced digital forensics, our undergraduate program in administration of justice prepares students for tomorrow’s workforce by providing the skills necessary to succeed in our increasingly complex technical, scientific and interpersonal global environment.

Our Program

Steeped in liberal studies and responsive to the complex demands of the modern workplace, our interdisciplinary curriculum blends foundational legal and ethical principles of law and law enforcement with cultural competency. Students gain in-depth knowledge of how courts, correctional institutions and law enforcement agencies function. Additionally, our evolving awareness of cybersecurity, intelligence and technology offers unique training that is highly valued across all career sectors.

Students have the opportunity to thrive in small class sizes, to take advantage of the flexibility afforded by both classroom and online course offerings, to work with cutting-edge technologies, to benefit from extensive faculty expertise and to advance with purpose in their academic and professional careers with the support of impassioned advising.

Our strategic combination of coursework and internships prepares students for immediate work in a multitude of careers and also provides the prerequisite qualifications to pursue professional certifications or graduate study in any number of disciplines. Through our popular accelerated program, qualified undergraduates can earn their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in administration of justice and homeland security within five years.

Program Spotlight: Can You Hack It?

What did you do over semester break? Darwin Salazar ’18 spent five weeks in Israel hacking into trusted web systems alongside some of the brightest up-and-coming technologists in the U.S. He implemented a variety of cyber-sleuthing techniques, like injecting malicious scripts, exploiting security vulnerabilities and spoofing his identity in order to expose sensitive data.

 My time there was definitely life-changing. From visiting Jerusalem and the Dead Sea to learning hacking from some of the best to competing in a hackathon with students from MIT, Cornell, UC Berkeley, etc., I surely came back with a different outlook on life. 

Our Faculty

It is most rewarding to see students graduate and be successful because they’ve been trained properly and because they’ve learned all the other soft skills. We never lose sight of the importance of supporting students with advice and guidance, both in the classroom and beyond.  

David Smith, lecturer and department chairman

Meet Our Faculty

Life After Salve

 The opportunities in Salve’s administration of justice program are endless. The faculty guided me; the compassion and empathy I received from them is absolutely unparalleled and I don’t think I would have received it anywhere else.

Lindsay Rolfe ’14, senior cyber threat intelligence analyst, Pfizer

Our program prepares students to pursue many career paths, including law enforcement or corrections. Those who earn the degree often accept jobs as crime scene investigators, probation officers, FBI special agents, paralegals, criminal justice professors or police detectives.

Our students obtain skills that can be put to use in crisis resolution, criminology, corrections procedure, criminal law, ethics, communication and negotiation. Students with strong cyber backgrounds coupled with language skills are highly desirable hires in today’s workforce. Our students are finding careers in this domain, not just on the technical side but as social media specialists and on emergency response teams.

Program Spotlight: Security Management

Administration of justice students in a special topics class focusing on security management in the world of sports and entertainment participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts, getting a firsthand look at all that goes into the preparation and execution of a major event security operation.

The security that we’re learning is a larger scale than where I work, but I can take back a lot of the core organizational tactics on how to prepare for a disaster, prevent injuries and lawsuits, and hopefully keep people safer.

Ryan Costa, administration of justice major

Major in Administration of Justice (B.A.)

17 courses | 51 credits

Required courses:

  • ADJ100: Introduction to the Justice Process
  • ADJ110: American Judicial System
  • ADJ210: Principles of Correctional Operations
  • ADJ230: Juvenile Justice
  • ADJ303: Criminal Law
  • ADJ308: Criminal Procedure
  • ADJ431: Justice and the Constitution
  • ADJ443: Contemporary Trends and Issues in the Justice Process or ADJ444: Special Projects: Police Community Relations
  • ENG254: Writing for Professionals
  • PSY100: Introduction to Psychology

Students also choose four elective courses in administration of justice, one psychology course, one sociology course and three credits in applied technology. Students planning for graduate school are recommended to take CEG222: Research Methods.

Minor in Administration of Justice

7 courses | 21 credits

Required courses:

  • ADJ100: Introduction to the Justice Process
  • ADJ110: American Judicial System
  • ADJ210: Principles of Correctional Operations
  • ADJ230: Juvenile Justice

Students also choose three elective courses in administration of justice.

Concentrations and Certificates

Concentration in Cyber Resiliency

Open to students enrolled in any undergraduate major, our interdisciplinary concentration in cyber resiliency delves into cutting-edge obscurity concepts using a technical, theoretical, philosophical, strategic and policy-based approach. Students develop a holistic understanding of cyber resiliency that can be applied at the individual, systems, local, national and international level.

Required courses:

  • CMP210: Introduction to Programming in Python (prerequisite)
  • ADJ260: Principles of Digital Forensics or ADJ261: Information Security Essentials
  • ADJ315: Computer Crime

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ243: Comparative Law and Justice in a Deeply Cybered World
  • ADJ260: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ261: Information Security Essentials
  • ADJ318: Disruptive Technology, Innovation and National Security
  • APT330: Advanced Information Systems: A+ Certification Preparation
  • APT340: Network+, Data Communications and Security
  • BIO150: Bioinformatics
  • CMP201: Scientific Programming
  • MGT070: Cybercrime in Business
  • RTS327: Technohuman? Technology, Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity

Concentration in International Justice and National Security

Our concentration in international justice and national security studies focuses on key issues pertinent to globalization, including ethical and privacy dilemmas, policies and experiences of other countries, enforcement and control of terrorist activities (including computer crime) and impact on the United States.

Required courses:

  • ADJ243: Comparative Law and Justice in a Deeply Cybered World
  • ADJ323: Introduction to Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community
  • ADJ430: Controversial Legal Issues

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ312: Ethics in the Criminal Justice System
  • ADJ315: Computer Crime
  • ADJ418: Terrorism: Theory and Politics
  • ENG349: Literature From the Middle East
  • ENG356: World Cinema
  • ENG358: Global Media
  • ENV334: Environmental Justice
  • HIS265: Modern Global History
  • HIS340: History of Warfare
  • HIS415: Modern American Foreign Policy
  • NUR444: Public Health and Disaster Response Planning
  • POL211: International Relations and Diplomacy
  • POL213: Global Environmental Politics
  • SOA260: Anthropology of Human Rights

Concentration in Juvenile Justice

Our concentration in juvenile justice is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare administration of justice majors for entry into this growing field.

Required courses:

  • ADJ305: Internship in Administration of Justice I or ADJ306: Internship in Administration of Justice II
  • ADJ331: Punishment and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
  • SOA211: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • One of the following psychology courses: PSY220: Child Development, PSY230: Adolescent and Adult Development or PSY260: Theories of Personality
  • One of the following social work courses: SWK340: Working With Children and Youth or SWK350: Working With Families

Certificate in Juvenile Justice

Salve graduates who hold a B.A. in administration of justice may earn a certificate in juvenile justice by taking three administration of justice courses and three support courses.

Required courses:

  • ADJ230: Juvenile Justice
  • ADJ305: Internship in Administration of Justice I or ADJ306: Internship in Administration of Justice II
  • ADJ331: Punishment and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
  • SOA211: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • One of the following psychology courses: PSY220: Child Development, PSY230: Adolescent and Adult Development or PSY260: Theories of Personality
  • One of the following social work courses: SWK340: Working With Children and Youth or SWK350: Working With Families