Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration

Learning by doing

Learn criminal justice from former FBI agents, SWAT team and forensic psychologists.

Hands-on, professional approach

Our criminal justice courses are taught by practitioners who have experience in the FBI, SWAT, forensic psychology, crisis-and-hostage negotiation and homeland security.

You will be partnered with one of our practitioners to help define your criminal justice career as you receive expert instruction on the most current trends, policies and practices in the field.

Real-life experience

Most of our criminal justice courses require field experience. All of the experience you gain from the field culminates in the Grand Final Scenario.

Hostage Simulation Capstone

Professionals from different agencies help create the Grand Final Scenario which must be resolved by the students, who play the roles of field commander, intelligence officer, recorders/status board officers, public information officers and a tactical team.

Reading Police Academy partnership

Students with career goals in law enforcement have the option of attending the Reading Police Academy to obtain Municipal Police Officer Certification (Act 120) as part of their four-year degree without extended time or expense. Students are eligible to apply for the academy during their junior year in order to attend in their senior year.

About Alvernia Criminal Justice

Our students gain the theoretical, practical and professional knowledge needed to be successful in law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security and other related service careers.

Alvernia University of Reading's Franciscan heritage includes a rigorous intellectual tradition that recognizes and values the importance of diversity of thought, faiths and cultures.

Faculty Callout Edgar J. Hartung

Faculty Spotlight

Edgar J. Hartung, M.A., JD
Associate Professor
Criminal Justice Department Chair

“You don't have to decide what you want to do in criminal justice in your first year. We work with students one-on-one and spend a lot of time speaking about their future careers and what they want out of life -- a real personal touch.”

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