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Criminal Justice

Learn how laws are passed, enforced and how they affect society with a degree in criminal justice.

Prepare for the Workplace 

The mayor assigns you the job of analyzing the crime statistics for the entire city. This crime analysis report is going to be referenced in police training tactics and political campaign platforms. You used to work overnights patrolling the streets and saw firsthand how law enforcement can rehabilitate troubled individuals. This is the next step in your ethical law career. The first step was taken as a criminal justice major at Medaille College.

Take classes taught by police officials, attorneys, top federal agents and community advocates. At Medaille, you’re prepared by real professionals for the real-life challenges and rewards of working in criminal justice. We make sure you’re ready for a career in any area of law.

  • Quality: Medaille pushes you to conduct rigorous case-studies in criminal law and criminal procedure as you compose a twenty-page capstone project. Take what you learn in the classroom and out in the field and apply it to solve large societal issues.
  • Options: Explore every facet of criminal justice and select two hands-on internships that prepare you for your career. Medaille instructors open every possible door and let you decide which is the right path for you.
  • Connections: After class, you go out into the field. Practice what you study in the real world with:
    • Law enforcement agencies like the Buffalo Police Department.
    • Public defenders’ offices like the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc.
    • Private security firms like Buffalo Security and Investigation LLC.
    • Pretrial services like Erie County’s Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Programs.
    • Crisis services like the Mental Health Association of Erie County, Inc.
    • Drug courts like Erie County Drug Court.
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Go Places 

The enforcement of law is a massive field of study and practice. Medaille understands that. You’re encouraged to explore the entire field and see where your interests take you. If you’re fascinated by the intricacy of the law you may choose to go to law school, or if you enjoy criminal procedure you may choose to work in the court system. And if you want to protect and serve your community, you may choose policing or security. There are so many options, and Medaille prepares you for all of them:

  • Uphold homeland security as a border patrol agent.
  • Better your community by developing social strategies as a crime research analyst.
  • Serve the greater good and prosecute dangerous criminals as a high-profile district attorney.
  • Maintain our historic national parks and protect wildlife as a park ranger.
  • Help kids get back on the right track as a youth correctional counselor.
  • Fight the war on drugs and bust organized crime rings as a narcotics officer.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

Regardless of where your career in criminal justice takes you, Medaille’s emphasis on small class sizes, active engagement and critical thinking leaves you in excellent standing should you choose to become an attorney, law enforcement officer, graduate student or whatever career you choose. Constant improvement and a family environment are trademarks of a Medaille education.

  • Get support: Student centered learning means you have direct access to faculty in and out of the classroom.
    • When it’s time to do your capstone project, you get even more faculty advisement.
  • Receive one-on-one mentorship: An average class size of 17 students means you learn in a close-knit environment where instructors always know your name and your unique interests.
  • See your future: Design your own career path when you meet with Advisement Center staff. You get all the guidance you need to achieve your dream.
  • Meet future colleagues: The Medaille alumni network extends far and wide beyond campus, helping you find and secure the career you deserve in criminal justice and law enforcement.
  • Get noticed: When you’re ready to land the job of your dreams, the Medaille Career Planning Center makes sure you clean up your resume and ace the interview. Your career begins right where classes end.
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Stay Active 

To be a legal and ethical decision-maker in your community, Medaille does more than teach you in a classroom—we keep you moving out in the field. After learning about criminal procedure, you’re taken to Buffalo city courts and taught how the courtroom works firsthand. While learning Broken Windows Theory in the classroom, you’re encouraged to work with disadvantaged and refugee communities through urban non-profits like West Side Community Services.

By giving you this perspective, Medaille is able to ensure that you become an ethically minded graduate who then becomes an expert in your chosen field. That’s the professional, holistic and hands-on approach that makes Medaille the place where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 

Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science Degree


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at, for the official listing of courses for this program.



Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

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)**

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)


Internships (6 credits)

CRJ 377 Field Experience I (3)

CRJ 477 Field Experience II (3)


Elective Study Area Component (12 credits)


Physical Education Course (2 credits)

PED (Any) Physical Education Electives (2)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (12 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)



Social Sciences Electives (6 credits)

(May include any APY, CRJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC course.)


Free Electives (12 credits)

May include any College course.


Total 120 credit hours


*Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.


**Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective.



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