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In this major, you can specialize in one of three areas—criminal behavior, criminal law, or the criminal justice system—while gaining a thorough grounding in the field through a rigorous scientific approach.

Coursework focuses on the social and economic context in which the criminal justice system operates, as well as the nature of crime and criminality, law, and other topics. Students regularly complete internships with the New York State Police Crime Laboratory, state and federal courts, local police forces, and correctional institutions. The faculty members in the program range from a former New York State Assistant Attorney General to a multiple-year honoree in America’s Who’s Who Teachers of Excellence.

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Criminal Justice, Behavior, and Law

Suggested Four Year Course Plan

YEAR 1
Fall Semester
15 credits
CJS 230 Intro to CJS 3
CJS 231 Criminal Behavior 3
L05 Art, Music, Drama, Communications 3
L03 History 3
L06 Phil/RLS 3
Spring Semester
16 credits
CJS 233 Courts 3
SOC 111 Intro to Sociology (L011) 3
CJS 200/300+ elective 3
L01 English 4
L07 Math 3
YEAR 2
Fall Semester 16 credits
CJS 200/300+ elective 3
CJS 200/300+ elective 3
L04 Literature 4
SOC 200 level elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
15 credits
CJS 300+ level elective 3
CJS 300+ level elective 3
L02 Language 3
L08 Computers 3
General Elective 3
YEAR 3
Fall Semester 15 credits
SOC 288 Social Statistics 3
CJS 300+ level elective 3
SOC 200/300 level elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester
16 credits
SOC 351 Social Research 4
SOC 360 Class, Race, and Gender 3
L09 Lab Science 4
L12 P.E. 2 credits 2
General Elective 3
YEAR 4
Fall Semester
16 credits
CJS 495 Ethics 3
CJS 4XX Advanced Theory 4
SOC 358 Social Theory or any 300 level SOC 3
L10 Economics, Political Science, Business 3
General Elective 3
Spring Semester 14 credits
CJS 497 Senior Seminar 4
General Elective 3
Further disciplinary study 3
General Elective 4