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B.A. in Criminal Justice Studies

Contact Person:
Dr. Jeremy J. van Blommestein, Chair
317-3 Satterlee, (315) 267-2569,

34-36 credit hours required.

Criminal Justice Studies is the study of the criminal justice system: the perpetrators, agencies and actors involved in the processing and definition of crime, and the social, political and economic phenomena impacting each. The Criminal Justice Studies major provides a broad interdisciplinary, liberal arts orientation with course requirements in Politics and Sociology and the opportunity for students to elect to study course in Anthropology, Chemistry and Psychology.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 19)
SOCI 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
SOCI 315 Research Methods
SOCI 345 Criminology
SOCI 455 Deviance and Social Control
SOCI 475 Senior Seminar in criminal justice topic area/criminal justice policy
POLS 312 Crime and Justice (4 credits)

Statistics Requirement (Credits 3)
STAT 100 or MATH 125 or CIS 125

Electives: four of the following (Credits 12-14)
ANTH 380 Human Osteology
ANTH 402 Forensic Anthropology
CHEM 315 Forensic Science
PHIL 332 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 333 Philosophy of Justice
POLS 321 Politics and the Judicial Process (4 credits)
POLS 327 Law and Society (4 credits)
POLS 334 Democracy Lab (4 credits)
POLS 412 Constitutional Law (4 credits)
POLS 413 Civil Liberties I (4 credits)
PSYC 375 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 377 Forensic Psychology
PSYC 424 Child Maltreatment
SOCI 353 Comparative Criminology
SOCI 376 Women and Crime
SOCI 380 Family Violence
SOCI 385 Sociology of Troubled Youth
SOCI 386 Victimology
SOCI 387 Sociology of Policing
SOCI 388 Violent Crime
SOCI 390 Sociology of Mental Illness
SOCI 435 Correction and Punishment
SOCI 450 White-Collar and Organized Crime
SOCI 470 Field Research/Practicum (3-6 credits)