Jun 22, 2024  
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL) 
2024 Undergraduate Catalog 1.2 (SUMMER-FALL)

Criminal Justice (B.S.) - Hegis Code 2105.00 (No longer admitting students to the online delivery - being taught out)

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(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, while reflecting  21st Century concerns. Graduates of the program have opportunities in a variety of criminal justice-related fields including policing, law, probation, juvenile services, private security, public administration/planning, counseling, research, regulatory enforcement, and more.

Utica University’s undergraduate program in Criminal Justice combines a robust variety of required and elective Criminal Justice courses, including the opportunity to complete minors, with a New York State Education Department’s mandated general liberal arts education.  

Our Student Success Coach will create an academic plan with each student to ensure all general education, liberal arts and graduation requirements are satisfied. Please see Utica’s Academic Requirements  for more information on general education and liberal arts requirements.

In addition to entry level government and private employment opportunities, graduates will be prepared to advance to graduate degrees in fields related to criminal justice and more.

Criminal Justice Program Mission Statement

Leading students to make a positive impact on our communities during their criminal justice careers and beyond. We do this by:
• providing classroom and reality-based learning
• integrating liberal arts and professional courses
• developing current knowledge of critical issues
• advocating for the respect and fair treatment of a diverse community
• instilling high ethical standards and a sense of personal responsibility

Learning Objectives

A student who graduates from the program will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Integrate key criminal justice and criminological concepts, processes, and issues, including landmark cases, technology, data, and skills within reality-based criminal justice scenarios.
  • Demonstrate competence, professionalism, and ethics with regard to diversity in the criminal justice system and the communities it serves. 
  • Evaluate theory, data, and other evidence to inform criminal justice policy and practice.   
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about crime and the criminal justice system, demonstrating critical thinking and statistical literacy. 

Special Requirements

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

Academic Requirements

Core/General Education: 34-55 Credit Hours

Effective for the 2022-2023 academic year, Utica University has implemented a new general education program that replaces Core. Students who are admitted, or readmitted, for the 2022- 2023 academic year or later must follow the requirements of the General Education program. Students admitted prior to the 2022-2023 academic year must follow the requirements of the Core program. For full details of program requirements, see the catalog pages for the Core program and the General Education program. Students with specific questions should consult with their academic adviser or success coach.


Take eighteen additional criminal justice credits, other than CRJ 103  or CRJ 461 . Students can also take SPA 116  to reach these 18 credits. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their faculty advisor so that the courses selected can best help them reach their career goals and interests.

50 Credit Hours

9 Credit Hours

General Electives

The student must complete sufficient elective courses from any program to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 60 credit hours of the 120 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.

Program Credits

Core/General Education 34-55 Credits
Major Course Requirements 50 Credits
Major Related Course Requirements 9 Credits
University Electives 6-27 Credits
Total Credit Hours Required For Degree 120


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