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Undergraduate Programs: Criminal Justicenext

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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 eventually obtaining a graduate degree. The College’s goal is to produce graduates who, having been trained in procedures and law by working professionals, are ready to embark on promising and expanding careers in law enforcement agencies.

The Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law and criminal procedure. The curriculum requires 120 credit hours and consists of a 37 credit core of courses enabling students to explore, in depth, the many procedures, agencies, and personnel involved as a person moves through the criminal justice system. In addition, the program provides the opportunity for students to participate in hands-on internship positions, creating exposure to actual job conditions and experiences.

The program also articulates with two-year degree programs in criminal justice in the Western New York area by accepting, as transfers, credits from these programs. Another unique feature of the program is the twelve-credit Elective Study Area Component that allows students to explore courses in any area that is of interest to them and relevant to their career goals, such as business, human services, or social sciences.

Medaille College’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, students have the opportunity to fulfill six credit hours’ worth of hands-on learning through field experiences. As a Criminal Justice major, you may find experience opportunities in law enforcement or community-based agencies, public defenders offices, private security firms, and pretrial services.

Credit Distribution

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective]

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (31 credits)

CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)

CRJ 160 Crime and Society (3)

CRJ 170 Law Enforcement Ethics (3)

CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law (3)

CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures (3)

CRJ 250 Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community (3)

CRJ 301 Criminal Investigation I (3)

CRJ 303 Criminal Investigation I Lab (1)

CRJ 340 Corrections (3)

CRJ 350 Community Policing (3)

CRJ 420 Senior Seminar/Topics (3)

Major Electives or Concentration Area (12 credits)

Experiential Learning (6 credits)

CRJ 377 Field Experience I (3)

CRJ 477 Field Experience II (3)

Physical Education Course (2 credits)

PED (Any) Physical Education Electives (2)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (24 credits)

PHI 300 Ethics (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Any U.S. History or Political Science Course (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (6 credits): May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, LNG, MAT, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course

Social Sciences Electives (6 credits): May include any APY, CRJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SSC, or SOC course

Free Electives (12 credits)

May include any College course.

Total 120 credit hours