Criminal Justice Major

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Criminal justice is both a professional and a liberal arts program. Specifically, the criminal justice major consists of three components: non-criminal justice courses (corequisites), many in related liberal arts disciplines, which can be taken during the first two years of college; criminal justice proficiency courses; and criminal justice electives, which can be grouped into specialty areas or not, at the student’s option.

Admission to the Program

Students seeking acceptance into the criminal justice major must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of an associate’s degree, or 54 credits toward a baccalaureate degree at another school, or 24 credits at The College at Brockport;
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better.

Application by Brockport students for the major will ordinarily be made during the fall semester of the sophomore year.

Program Requirements

Students in the Criminal Justice major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

I. General Education Program courses required of all bachelor of science students.

II. Corequisite Courses (21 credits)

  • SOC100 Introduction to Sociology
  • PLS113 American Political Systems

AND ONE of the following:

  • PSH110 General Psychology
  • PSH112 General Psychology with Lab

An approved ethnic minorities course. (3 credits)

Two upper-division (300/400 level) courses, chosen from TWO of the following three disciplines: sociology, psychology or political science. (6 credits)

III. Criminal Justice Core Proficiencies (24 credits)

  • CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ203 The Police Process
  • CRJ207 The Corrections Process
  • CRJ311 Criminal Law
  • CRJ343 Juvenile Justice Process
  • CRJ471 Research Methods
  • CRJ494 Criminology

AND ONE of the following:

  • CRJ305 The Adjudication Process
  • PLS320 Law and Legal Process

At least FOUR courses must be completed from a wide variety of electives. These may include courses selected with the advice and approval of the student’s advisor in specialty areas of police, corrections, security administration, international criminal justice, or legal studies. The department encourages students to enroll in one of its three international programs in fulfillment of these criteria.

IV. Electives (FOUR required): Criminal Justice electives and/or International Criminal Justice Educational Experience: (12 credits)

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Study and understanding of:
    1. Prevention and control of crime.
    2. Theories and policies relative to the structure and operation of various police.
    3. Security.
    4. Correctional and judicial organizations.