Department Chair: J. David Smith, C.A.G.S.
The Department of Administration of Justice provides broad-based coverage of the components of the justice system including law enforcement, corrections, the judicial system, probation, parole, and juvenile justice. The major prepares men and women to become leaders and outstanding practitioners in careers related to the justice system and for advanced educational opportunities, such as law school or other graduate schools.
The department recognizes our stated Strategic Imperatives that must develop students who are better prepared for a world that is globally diverse. We are aligned to be a critical academic program with “both resources and the market to ensure a high quality academic experience that prepares graduates for success and attracts talented new students.” A global and interdependent society demands an interdisciplinary approach to educate student learners in a way that combines cybersecurity, technology, business, policy development, law, human resource management, and other traditional disciplines.
Just as important as providing opportunities for students to develop professional skills is the opportunity for students to develop a commitment to “justice for all,” particularly as it relates to the poor, educationally disadvantaged, minority citizens, children, women, and the physically and mentally disadvantaged. In the course of the program, students can develop a commitment to values and the pursuit of justice including advocating for social change in our global society.
The mission of the department embraces the University’s mission and encourages students to work for a world that is “harmonious, just, and merciful.” The department views law as a vehicle for protecting rights and enforcing duties and, as such, a means of establishing a more just and humane society.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of integrity and personal responsibility. Unethical behavior may negatively impact on the ability to attain employment in the justice field.
Joint Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Leading to the Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security.
The graduate program in the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security at Salve Regina University endeavors to address the professional requirements of justice practitioners. As a university community that recognizes its responsibility to impart and expand knowledge, develop skills, and cultivate enduring, well-informed, reflective values, the objective of the graduate program is to develop professionals who are morally imbued individuals and will serve their communities guided by the principles of equal respect. The courses in this program focus on: 1) the philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral and policy dimensions of the discipline; 2) an analytical approach to practice within the criminal justice system; and 3) practical tools to improve effectiveness within the various professional roles.
Salve Regina University offers an accelerated program of study that leads to both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree within five years. This program is designed for the University’s highly motivated, academically talented and qualified undergraduates with a recommended grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Current undergraduates must complete the application process by February 15 of the junior year.
Undergraduate students considered for the five-year program are conditionally accepted into the master’s program and may take four graduate courses (12 credits) during their senior year. Of these 12 credits, six are applied to the undergraduate degree. Final program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and four graduate courses in the senior year. The total number of credits required to complete the five-year program is 150, 24 of which are graduate credits taken in the fifth year.
Related programs in other departments are the M.S. in Management: Concentration in Law Enforcement Leadership, and the M.A. in International Relations.
Program and Course Listings
The University confers undergraduate degrees in the following disciplines:ConcentrationMinor
The University offers a number of single discipline and interdisciplinary minors which students may complete to enhance their education.Certificate
CoursesAdministration of Justice