Department of Justice, Law and Society

Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Justice, Law & Society. We are pleased that you have taken this opportunity to learn about our Department.

Our various degree programs are designed to provide students with the education, training and skills necessary to deal with diverse issues in criminal justice, law, sociology, criminology, anthropology, security studies, and forensic sciences. California University's Women's Studies program and the Leadership Studies program (Leadership Minor) are also academic programs within the Department of Justice, Law & Society. We have highly-qualified and dedicated full-time professors with terminal degrees in their fields and real world professional experience as well as outstanding part-time instructors. Students have access to excellent advisement for planning academic programs, and real-world internships, that meet their individual and career needs.

We hope you will visit us and consider joining our department. We will be happy to talk to you about various program options available to the students. We look forward to working with you.

Dr. Emily M. Sweitzer

Additional Department Information:

Ranging from law enforcement to corrections, intelligence to terrorism, law to criminology, sociology to applied sociology, and anthropology to forensic science, the Department of Justice, Law and Society at California University of Pennsylvania is sure to satisfy and inspire a wide range of academic and professional interests.

We integrate the substantive, procedural, theoretical and scientific aspects of law, crime, justice, anthropology and sociology with a liberal arts education while incorporating ethics, leadership and diversity. Our wide-ranging course offerings reflect the interdisciplinary approach and its dedication to preparing its graduates for a multitude of opportunities in the justice systems, applied sociological practice and public archaeology (local, national and international). 

As a graduate of our department, you will be able to communicate and make informed critical decisions and pursue graduate study in law, anthropology, sociology, criminal justice, criminology and forensic sciences.

The Department of Justice, Law & Society hosts the following programs:


           2010 Annual PASSHE Undergraduate Anthropology Conference

 Justice Studies


 Applied Sociology Concentration

 Women's Studies Minor

 Leadership Minor

Archaeology Field School

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Honor Societies and Clubs

Our department offers you membership in the following honor societies:

Our department also offers the following clubs:

  • Anthropology Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Forensic Science Club
  • Law and Justice Society
    • Mock Trial Team
  • Sociology Club

Contact Information and Hours

Department of Justice, Law and Society

Azorsky Hall
Rooms 117 and 118

Phone Numbers:
(724) 938-4424 and (724) 938-4042

(724) 938-4265