Criminal Justice Academic Program


Required courses span the criminological spectrum of theory and practice. Courses examine the causes of crime as well as the various approaches taken in society's response to crime. Practice-related courses focus on society's response to criminal behavior. In this context, the function and practice of law enforcement, policing; jurisprudence, the prosecution and defense of identified miscreants; and the punishment, treatment, and socialization of those ultimately sentenced to corrections are addressed.

Internships with a criminal justice or allied agency are also required of all majors. Previous intern sites have ranged from the United States Secret Service to the City of New York Police Department to the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office to the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department to Green Haven Correctional Facility. Many more sites covering the range of criminal justice interests are available.

Elective courses include further examination of policing and criminal justice organizations; historical and cultural influences on crime; and courses focusing on specific types of criminal enterprise. Courses related to the major are periodically added or subtracted in response to institutional and social change, and input from the students.

Students will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Minor

Double Major in Psychology and Criminal Justice

Double Major in Psychology and Criminal Justice Course RequirementsPDF



Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog.