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Bachelor of Arts

Criminal Justice

Program of Study

Delve into the philosophy and structure of the American criminal justice system by examining the intersection between laws, enforcement agents, legal personnel, criminal offenders, victims, and average citizens. You will also study the individual and social causes of crime and the fundamentals of successful crime prevention programs.


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice
  • Criminology


Statistics

Choose one:

  • Introduction to Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • Statistics for Sociologists
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics


Research Methods

Choose one:

  • Introduction to Research Design in Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Experimental Psychology

One 400 level, writing intensive senior Capstone Seminar


Electives

16 – 18 additional credits from any 300 or 400 level criminal justice courses


See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

 

For more information contact the Student Services Office at 518-442-5210 or scj@albany.edu.

 

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Combined BA/MA Program


Expand your horizons even further by pursuing UAlbany's combined BA/MA program in criminal justice to fulfill integrated requirements of undergraduate and master’s degree programs from the beginning of your junior year. Focus on specialized areas of criminal justice, with potential concentrations in information technology, justice systems, problem solving and analysis, and crime causation, prevention and intervention.

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Current UAlbany Students

Qualifications for Guaranteed Admission into the Criminal Justice Major

  • A 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)
  • A grade of B or better in two of the following courses - RCRJ 201, 202 or 203 or equivalents
  • Completion of the statistics and research methods classes required of majors (RCRJ 281 and 282, or equivalents) with a grade of B or better

Application for Guaranteed Admission into the Criminal Justice Major


Application into the Criminal Justice Major

If you do not meet the conditions for guaranteed admission into the major, you can still apply for admission. Applications for admission to the criminal justice major are reviewed by the School's Undergraduate Admissions and Awards Committee. You must have completed at least 42 graduation credits prior to application and 56 credits at the time of admission, and you must have earned a B or higher in RCRJ 201, RCRJ 202, or RCRJ 203 (or ASOC 203).

Some of the factors considered during application review include:

  • Overall grade point average
  • Breadth and quality of liberal arts background. The committee prefers students who have strong records in history, mathematics, English, languages, and/or natural sciences.
  • Student's written statement of reason for seeking to undertake a criminal justice major

Application for Undergraduate Major in Criminal Justice

 

Application Deadlines for Current UAlbany Students

  • For fall admission, applications must be received by the last Friday in February
  • For spring admission, applications must be received by the last Friday in September
Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student, you have two avenues through which you can be admitted to the undergraduate criminal justice major.

 

Qualifications for Guaranteed Admission into the Criminal Justice Major

  • A 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)
  • A grade of B or better in two of the following courses - RCRJ 201, 202 or 203 or equivalents
  • Completion of the statistics and research methods classes required of majors (RCRJ 281 and 282, or equivalents) with a grade of B or better

Application for Guaranteed Admission into the Criminal Justice Major

 

Application into the Criminal Justice Major

If you do not meet the conditions for guaranteed admission into the major, you can still apply for admission upon admittance to the University.

  • A grade of B or better in either RCRJ201, RCRJ202 or RCRJ203 (equivalent courses at your prior college will be recognized as meeting this requirement if you received a B or better in those courses) 
  • Evaluation of your overall GPA and the required essay

Application for Transfer Students

 

Note: This program is not intended for persons interested in police science, criminalistics, etc. If you have taken courses in such areas, credits may not to be transferable into the major. Articulation of such courses will be processed on a case-by-case basis.

 

Application Deadlines for Students Transferring into UAlbany

  • For fall admission, applications received by July 1 will receive full consideration
  • For spring admission, applications received by December 1 will receive full consideration

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Applied Learning

Benefit from UAlbany's location in the capital of New York State by engaging in hands-on learning opportunities, including internships with local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies and non-profit organizations that intersect with criminal justice.

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Career Paths

Alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in positions like:

  • City or state police officer
  • Federal agent
  • Crime analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Community organizer
  • Crime victim specialist
  • Legislative aide
  • Asset protection manager

     

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    Student Learning Objectives

    Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

    Bachelor of Arts
    • Demonstrate basic knowledge of causes of crime and society’s response to crime.
    • Demonstrate familiarity with research design.
    • Demonstrate familiarity with descriptive statistics and the logic of inferential statistics.
    • Ability to think critically about crime and crime policy.
    • Demonstrated writing skills.

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