Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration

Justice Administration

Overview

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in Justice Administration will learn to apply the principles of justice administration to local, state and federal judicial systems, as well as identify and evaluate problems, policy dilemmas and solutions. Courses for this program are offered in-class and through distance learning instruction.

Students completing their Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Honolulu Community College may elect to complete the UH West O‘ahu articulation agreement for seamless transfer. Justice Administration students may combine the bachelor’s degree with the Federal Emergency Management Agency-approved certificate in Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a concentration in Justice Administration from UH West O‘ahu will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrate quantitative, technological and analytical skills necessary for problem solving specific justice administration issues.
  • Apply the principles of justice administration to local, state, and federal criminal justice systems.
  • Identify and evaluate problems, policy dilemmas, and solutions in justice administration.
  • Exhibit knowledge of ethical/legal responsibilities of organizations in justice administration.

Internships / Practicums

Justice Administration students have successfully completed internships or obtained jobs at a number of city and state agencies including:

  • Hawai‘i Criminal and Family Courts
  • Hawai‘i State Department of Public Safety
  • Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney General’s Office
  • U.S. Department of Justice
  • Honolulu Police Department
  • Hawai‘i State Probation and Parole Officers
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency

Careers and Earning Potential

Criminal justice is a growing field, with many federal, state and local government agencies hiring new employees for careers in law enforcement, correctional administration, court management, homeland security, and increasingly sophisticated positions in private security management systems. Within these major career areas, specialty positions include field agents, forensic specialists, human resources managers, hazard mitigation and control specialists, information technology specialists and more.

Many law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems favor postsecondary education degrees for promotion to higher-level positions. In many cases, civil service exams are no longer required. Most federal law enforcement positions require a four-year degree in a relevant area and offer high starting salaries, excellent career advancement opportunities and generous benefit packages. The starting salary of graduates with justice administration-related degrees typically range from $45,000 to $60,000 annually. Many students continue their studies and go on to law school or pursue master’s degrees in criminal justice.

For more information on careers and earning potential, visit the Hawaiʻi Industry Sectors website.

Student Clubs

The UH West O‘ahu Justice, Public and Health Care Administration (JAH) Club offers students the opportunity to expand their understanding of Justice, Public, and Health Care Administration through community service projects, charitable fundraising, socials and networking events. Students learn about career opportunities in the field and participate in campus activities including the Holiday Family Wishes Project event featuring McGruff the Crime Dog as well as a club-sponsored Health and Wellness Fair. Activities and events vary each year.