(Bachelor of Science Degree)
Criminal justice is the study of crime, its causes, and its effects on society. It is concerned with preventing and deterring criminal behavior, rehabilitating the offender, and providing a system where justice and rights are served. Graduates of the program have opportunities in a variety of criminal justice fields including policing, law, probation, juvenile services, private security, public administration/planning, counseling, research, and regulatory enforcement.
Utica College offers an on-ground undergraduate program in Criminal Justice; there is also an undergraduate online program for transfer students. The online BS in Criminal Justice degree is a completion program, which means that students must have an Associate’s degree from an accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program. Students transferring into this program without an Associate’s degree, but who have at least 57 transferable credits from a four-year institution may be considered. Additionally, students who show academic promise and don’t meet the prior 2 requirements may also be considered. However all students must meet the New York State Education Department’s mandated liberal arts requirements. A success coach will create an academic plan for students to ensure all core, liberal arts and graduation requirements are satisfied. Please see Utica’s Academic Requirements for more information on Utica’s Core and liberal arts requirements for transfer students.
In addition to entry level employment opportunities, graduates may pursue advanced study in fields such as public administration, criminal justice and criminology, management, and law.
A student who graduates from the program will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key criminal justice and criminological concepts, processes, and issues, including major legal terms, considerations, and landmark cases.
- Recognize and distinguish between major criminological theories in terms of the cause(s) and control(s) of crime, considering the community
- Discuss the experiences of diverse groups in the criminal justice system, especially in terms of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin
- Identify and analyze data, using evidence to guide criminal justice policy and practice.
- Argue for the importance of ethics and professionalism in both the study and practice of criminal justice.
- Communicate effectively about crime and the criminal justice system, including critical thinking, statistical literacy, and written and oral communication.
- Identify and use criminal justice technologies appropriate in various situations in the study and practice of criminal justice.
Students in criminal justice are required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) across major and major-related courses