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Criminal Justice Studies

More than just the study of criminal behavior

Our society is vastly complex and imperfect. As a Criminal Justice Studies major, you'll learn to apply social sciences' findings to the problems of criminal behavior in a practical and impactful manner. The program further develops your foundation in criminal justice by integrating elements of psychology, public policy, ethics, and international security.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Criminal Justice Studies (BA)

Minor

Criminal Justice Studies

Program Contact

Michele Lowry

lowry@alfred.edu

607-871-2867

Core courses:

  • CRIM 340 Concepts of Penology
  • CRIM 351 Seminar in Criminal Behavior
  • POLS 232 Judicial Processes
  • POLS 417 American Civil Liberties
  • PSYC 342 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOCI 245 Crime and Society
  • SOCI 344 Sociology of Deviance

Electives:

  • ANTH 312 Violence and Culture
  • CRIM 322 Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 332 Focusing on Police
  • CRIM 400 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 450 Independent Study
  • CRIM 470 Field Work in Criminal Justice
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • PHIL 281 Ethics
  • POLS/SOCI 230 Introduction to Data Analysis and Statistics
  • POLS 242 Approaches to Law
  • POLS 273 Terrorism and International Security
  • POLS 313 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 316 American Constitutional Law and Politics
  • POLS 355 Public Policy
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology
  • SOCI 235 Socialization
  • SOCI 242 Social Problems
  • SOCI 253 Social Welfare Institutions
  • SOCI 343 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOCI 431 Research Design and Strategies
  • SPAN 301 Advanced Conversation and Composition

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Criminal Justice Studies, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Further, the Criminal Justice Studies major is required to attend at least two institutes. These are normally offered once a year for a day to a day and a half. They deal with specific issues facing professionals in the criminal justice area.

Requirements for Criminal Justice Minor

Criminal Justice Studies minors must complete 22 credit hours including:

  • POLS 110 Introduction to American Politics
  • POLS 232 Judicial Processes
  • SOCI 110 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 245 Crime and Society
  • SOCI 344 Sociology of Deviance
  • CRIM 340 Concepts in Penology

Criminal Justice Studies majors typically work within the fields of law enforcement, correctional counseling, court administration, human services, juvenile justice, and private security. In addition, many public and private agencies have related job openings for planners, researchers and analysts. Many of Alfred University’s Criminal Justice graduates attend law school or graduate school.

Examples of recent graduates include:

  • Director – Allegany County Youth Court
  • Research Assistant – Clinical Directors Network
  • Correction Officer - NYSDOCS
  • Investigator – Texas Dept of Family and Protective Services
  • Case/Social Worker – St. Christopher’s Inc.
  • Assistant Director-Youth Court - Allegany County Courthouse
  • Agent - Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Anger Management Counselor – Beacon
  • Child Support Legal Assistant - State of New Mexico
  • Correctional Officer – Orleans County Sheriff’s Department
  • Federal Agent – Department of Justice
  • Forensic Case Manager – Steuben County Mental Health
  • Engineer – Ocean House
  • Bar Security – Balloons Restaurant and Nightclub
  • Field Supervisor – NYC Dept of Youth and Community Development

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