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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice?

Most people assume that the criminal justice system is only about cops, courts, and corrections working together to capture, convict, and punish people who violate the criminal law. What most people do not realize is that the criminal justice system requires knowledge obtained from many different academic disciplines. Therefore, the Bachelor in Criminal Justice, Behavior and Law Program at The College of Saint Rose uses an interdisciplinary approach to prepare its students.

criminal justice degree - scales of justiceThe coursework is designed to expose students to ideas generated by biology, economics, political science, philosophy, history, psychology, and sociology to understand why people commit crime and how society responds. This interdisciplinary approach is designed to prepare Criminal Justice, Behavior & Law Majors for a variety of careers. For instance, enforcement personnel, pursue graduate degrees (such as counseling, social work, public administration, criminal justice, forensic psychology, forensic mental health, law), and work in non-governmental organizations.

Program Highlights

  • Our average class size of less than 20 students encourages individual attention and builds relationships with your classmates and professors.
  • Student associations include Criminal Justice Colloquium and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society. Developing from student interests, students in these groups organize speakers and field trips.
  • Internships: Being located in an urban campus setting we can coordinate various internships from state level agencies to local police for criminal justice degree students.
  • Based on student interest, the criminal justice program invites speakers to talk about their jobs or criminal justice topics.
  • Senior seminar and advanced theory courses prepare you for graduate studies or career.
  • No matter the level of academic performance, students can work with faculty to explore their interests.
  • Diverse faculty backgrounds, with the majority of the faculty having solid work experience outside academia.
  • Ongoing research (academic and applied) in the field.
  • Adjunct faculty are high-ranking members currently working in the criminal justice field.
  • Criminal Justice college students are provided an education with a strong background in critical thinking.
  • Wide variety of electives allows students to study criminal behavior, criminal justice OR Law.
  • Other programs at Saint Rose offer students ways to diversify, such as Forensic Computing (CSC).
  • The Sociology component allows the student to understand that crime and the criminal justice system are by-products of societal issues.

Cold Case Analysis Center Internships

Selected students in the Criminal Justice, Behavior and Law major have the opportunity to intern with our expert faculty advisors and work on true cold cases in our Cold Case Analysis Center.

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Upstate Unsolved Podcast

A WGY and iHeartRadio investigative podcast going beyond the headlines of Upstate NY's unsolved crimes, in partnership with The Cold Case Analysis Center at The College of Saint Rose.

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Course Requirements, Faculty, & Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the components of criminal justice, theories of criminal behavior, and criminal law.
  • The student will be able to demonstrate Criminal Justice, behavior and law in real life events.
  • Students will be able to use deductive reasoning to understand the social science in the field of Criminal Justice.
  • Students will be able to complex reasoning about the creation and effects of Diversity in society.
  • Student will understand why ethical dilemmas are an innate part of the criminal justice process.
  • The student will demonstrate effective communications, written and oral, on varying topics within the field of criminal justice, behavior and law.

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