Departmental Advice to Transfer Students

Criminal Justice Major 

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Welcome to the Criminal Justice major at the University at Albany. 

The School of Criminal Justice focuses on with the study of all aspects of crime and societal reactions to crime. We examine political, economic and cultural patterns that shape definitions of crime and influence the policy choices about how to respond to certain criminal and deviant behaviors. Specifically, we explore three main “areas” related to crime and criminality though the study of Criminal Justice (organizations, process, policy); Criminology (theories of crime); and Law (the societal definition of crime and delinquency). This program offers education with a high level of abstraction which prepares students for advanced study in the field of Criminal Justice as well as direct entrance into the criminal justice field upon completion of the BA. Because criminal justice is interdisciplinary by nature, students will be urged to take preparatory courses in basic writing, history, English and math.

The MAP (Major Academic Pathway) shows how the Criminal Justice major might be completed in four years. As a transfer student it is important for you to use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany. As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:

Admission Requirements
Students who meet the following qualifications are guaranteed admission into the criminal justice major.
• Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher following completion of at
least 56 credits (of which 30 credit hours must be taken at the University
at Albany)
• Earned a grade of B or better in two of the following courses -
RCRJ 201, 202 or 203 or equivalents
• Completed the statistics and research methods classes required of majors
(RCRJ 281 and 282, or equivalents) with a grade of B or better. 

Even those students who qualify for guaranteed admission must complete an application.

Our recommendation for your first semester:
a. Take 1-2 CRJ admission courses, as needed
b. Add 1-2 other CRJ courses, for a maximum of 3 CRJ courses for the semester.
c. Select 1-2 General Education courses in accordance with your DARS-identified needs.
d. Select 1 course in your minor
e. Add an elective if needed to bring your credit total to 15.

Minor. Criminal Justice majors are required to complete a minor. Click here for the complete list and requirements of UAlbany minors.

Registration Process
Once you have submitted your admission deposit, your advisor from the Criminal Justice department willl be contacting you via phone or email to start the registration process. You will be contacted within 1-2 weeks of your deposit date.

Criminal Justice Advisor
Students admitted into the Criminal Justice major are advised by Stacey Zyskowski. You can email her directly at to schedule an appointment.