Bachelor in Criminal Justice

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice provides rigorous training to students desiring a career in law enforcement or those seeking future graduate-level work. The College’s goal is to produce graduates who are ready to embark on promising and expanding careers in the criminal justice system and/or graduate school.

The Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law enforcement, courts, cross-cultural sensitivity, and communication as well as modern technology. The curriculum requires 120 credit hours and consists of a 24-credit hour core. All Criminal Justice majors are required to select at least one concentration by the time they have earned 60 credit hours and are considered to have junior standing. The following concentrations are available: Juvenile and Family Justice, Law Enforcement Administration and Criminal Investigations, Law and Society, Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online).

The program also articulates with two-year degree programs in criminal justice in the Western New York area by accepting, like transfers, credits from these programs.

Medaille's Criminal Justice program was designed to make the most of a student's previous college transfer credits. In addition, the College recognizes the educational value of and awards credit for many types of life experience related to our degree programs. Law enforcement personnel returning for this degree may apply for Challenge Exams for various courses that relate to their occupation.

The College stresses the importance of gaining work experience that is related to a student's major program of study. In the Criminal Justice program, all students will complete six credit hours of the hands-on internship experience, which creates exposure to actual job conditions. Students will complete 90 contact hours during CRJ 377 Field Experience I (junior year) and 120 contacts during CRJ 477 Field Experience II (senior year) for a combined total of 210 hours in the field.

As a Criminal Justice major, students may find experience opportunities in law enforcement agencies, public defenders’ office, pretrial services, courts, district attorney’s office, the police academy, corporate security, and numerous social services offices.

**Note: Concentrations (All CRJ students are required to complete a concentration. A concentration must be declared by successful completion of 45 credit hours).

  • The concentration in Juvenile and Family Justice provides additional coursework in Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, A Lifespan View of Family Violence, and Juvenile Delinquency. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with the family as a unit. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate-level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement, and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.
  • The concentration in Law Enforcement Administration and Criminal Investigation provides additional coursework in Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Ethics, Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community, and Police Administration. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with law enforcement. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate-level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement, and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.
  • The concentration in Law and Society provides additional coursework in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and Law & Society. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with society and individuals. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate-level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement, and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.
  • The concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management provides additional coursework in specific Homeland Security areas. Taking its cue from Medaille College’s B.S. degree in Homeland Security, the Criminal Justice concentration in Homeland Security draws from the four interrelated disciplines of Homeland Security - the administration of Homeland Security, terrorism, law and politics, and emergency management. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the Homeland Security needs of their future organizations.

Medaille’s B.S. in Criminal Justice teaches the skills, knowledge, and competencies that graduates need in order to enter the competitive world of Criminal Justice careers and/or to prepare them for graduate-level study. The Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law enforcement, courts, cross-cultural sensitivity, and communication as well as modern technology.

In addition, the experiential learning/internship component (two, three-credit courses taken sequentially) of the program has been moved from the “Major Requirements” to the “Concentration” curriculum section. Doing so ensures that students will complete internships that align with and are appropriate for their concentration. Placing the experiential learning/internship component within the concentration provides a greater depth of study and experiential education for students.

Degree earned Total number of credits Certificate/licenses titles and types
B.S. 120
  • Juvenile & Family Justice Concentration
  • Law Enforcement Administration & Criminal Investigation Concentration
  • Law & Society Concentration
  • Homeland Security & Emergency Management Concentration (Online)
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What can you do with this degree?

Medaille criminal justice majors may find experience opportunities in:
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Public Defenders’ Offices
  • Pretrial Services
  • Courts
  • District Attorney’s Offices
  • The Police Academy
  • Corporate Security
  • Social Services Offices
  • Corrections
Students choose from four unique concentrations:
  • Juvenile and Family Justice
  • Law Enforcement Administration and Criminal Investigations
  • Law and Society
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)

What sets Medaille’s bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice apart?

  • Small classes.
  • One-on-one mentorship with professors in and out of the classroom.
  • Faculty with real work experience in the field — police officials, lawyers, federal agents, and community advocates.
  • Six credit hours of the hands-on internship experience, which gives students exposure to actual job conditions.
  • Rigorous training for students desiring a career in law enforcement or those seeking future graduate-level work.
  • A program focusing on criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law enforcement, courts, cross-cultural sensitivity, communication, modern technology, corrections and the societal impact of legal institutions.
  • Articulation agreements with two-year programs in criminal justice in the Western New York area.
  • For transfer students, Medaille’s criminal justice degree program in Buffalo is designed to make the most of previous college transfer credits, and the College recognizes the educational value of and awards credit for many types of life experience related to our degree programs.

You have an exciting journey ahead and we’ll be there every step of the way

Medaille College is the place for students who want to change their world and improve the lives of their communities through their careers as leaders, advocates, and professionals. Each one of Medaille’s undergraduate programs prepares you for the workplace through hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

  • Personalized support.
  • Student-centered environment.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available.
  • A vibrant campus located in the heart of the City of Buffalo Relevant real-world experiences.
  • More than two-dozen clubs and activities.
  • Successful NCAA Division III athletic teams.
Last updated November 2019

About the School

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering und ... Read More

Medaille College is a private, nonsectarian four-year college with campuses in Buffalo, Rochester and online. Medaille focuses on your success as a student and as a future professional by offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs in hands-on, practitioner-based learning environments on campus and in the Western New York community. Read less
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