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Criminal Justice, B.S.

About the Program

Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary academic program that examines the characteristics and operations of the criminal justice system and relationships between crime and crime control within the context of a democratic society. The program explores social, cultural, political, and organizational influences on criminal justice policies and operations from both theoretical and real-world perspectives.

Concentrations in Major

Concentration in Policing
CRJ 202 THE POLICE PROCESS 3
CRJ 301 POLICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT 3
CRJ 409 ADVANCED ISSUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT 3

Concentration in Corrections
CRJ 204 THE CORRECTIONAL PROCESS 3
CRJ 306 PROBATION, PAROLE, AND COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS 3
CRJ 406 CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMS 3
CRJ 420 ADVANCED ISSUES IN PUNISHMENT AND CORRECTIONS 3

Concentration in Intelligence Analysis
CRJ 250 INTRODUCTION TO INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS 3
CRJ 355 CRIME ANALYSIS 3
CRJ 450 TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRJ 455 ADVANCED INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS 3

About the Criminal Justice Department

C114 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4517
Fax: (716) 878-3240
http://criminaljustice.buffalostate.edu/

Admission Requirements

Students are not accepted to the criminal justice major during their first semester at Buffalo State. However, students can be admitted as premajors to receive the benefit of departmental information and advisement. A minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. A student is then eligible to apply for admittance as a criminal justice major. Transfer students from community colleges are accepted based upon their academic average and according to their date of application.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
33-39 credit hours 33-39

Criminal Justice Major Requirements (42 credit hours)
Core Courses (18 credit hours)
CRJ 101 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRJ 201 CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRJ 202 THE POLICE PROCESS 3
CRJ 204 THE CORRECTIONAL PROCESS 3
CRJ 303 CRIMINAL JUSTICE THEORY AND IDEOLOGY 3
CRJ 315 RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3

Supporting Courses (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following: 6
CRJ 250 INTRODUCTION TO INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS
CRJ 301 POLICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
CRJ 302 CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND THE COMMUNITY
CRJ 305 THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
CRJ 306 PROBATION, PAROLE, AND COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
CRJ 307 COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
CRJ 308 CRIME PREVENTION
CRJ 317 CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRJ 320 CRIMINAL COURTS
CRJ 355 CRIME ANALYSIS

Criminal Justice Electives (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following: 6
CRJ 402 ADVANCED ADMINISTRATION IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 1
CRJ 404 WHITE-COLLAR AND CORPORATE CRIME
CRJ 406 CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND PROGRAMS
CRJ 408 PROSEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 2
CRJ 409 ADVANCED ISSUES IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
CRJ 410 ORGANIZED CRIME
CRJ 420 ADVANCED ISSUES IN PUNISHMENT AND CORRECTIONS
CRJ 440 DRUGS, CRIME, AND DRUG POLICY
CRJ 450 TERRORISM AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRJ 455 ADVANCED INTELLIGENCE ANALYSIS
CRJ 470 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRJ 485 MOCK TRIAL
CRJ 488 INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 (3-15)
CRJ 495 SPECIAL PROJECT 4 (1-3)
CRJ 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY 4 (3-12)

Criminal Justice Diversity Elective (3 credit hours)
CRJ 425 RACE, ETHNICITY, AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE 3
or CRJ 430 GENDER AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

Statistics (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
CRJ 310 STATISTICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
ECO 305 STATISTICS FOR ECONOMICS
MAT 311 INTRODUCTORY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
PSY 306 STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH
SOC 301 SOCIAL STATISTICS

Professional, Behavioral, and Social Science Electives (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following (No more than 4 credit hours from one department course area allowed): 5 6
ANT 307 URBAN ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 325 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
BUS 312 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
BUS 313 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
BUS 334 BUSINESS LAW I
BUS 360 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
BUS 410 ACCOUNTING ANALYSIS
CRS 302 CREATIVE APPROACHES TO PROBLEM SOLVING
ECO 312 URBAN ECONOMICS
ECO 350 PUBLIC FINANCE
ECO 360 INTRODUCTION TO THE ECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF LAW
ENG 300 WRITING FOR THE PROFESSIONS
GEG 425 FUNDAMENTALS OF GIS
HIS 341 AFRICAN AMERICANS AND CIVIL RIGHTS
HIS 342 ENGLISH LEGAL HISTORY
LIB 300 Advanced Library Research Methods
PHI 304 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
PSC 315 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PSC 316 URBAN ETHNIC POLITICS
PSC 320 U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES
PSC 360 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PSC 364 AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY
PSY 325 SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
PSY 367 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR
PSY 375 FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
PSY 376 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
SOC 351 SOCIOLOGY OF RACE AND ETHNICITY
SOC 353 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
SOC 380 SOCIOLOGY OF CRIME
SOC 382 SOCIOLOGY OF LAW
SOC 390 SOCIOLOGY OF JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
SPA 201 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
SPA 202 INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
SPC 306 PUBLIC SPEAKING
SPF 311 FAMILY VIOLENCE
SWK 301 POVERTY AND PUBLIC POLICY

All College Electives
39-45 credit hours 39-45
Total Credit Hours 120

1 CRJ 402 requires upper division status and CRJ 101.
2 Up to 9 credits of CRJ 408 may be taken as long as the class covers a different topic. Only 6 credits may be used as a Criminal Justice elective.
3 CRJ 488 requires senior class standing, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Buffalo State and/or Instructor Permission.
4 CRJ 495 and CRJ 499 require senior class standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Buffalo State. No more than one CRJ 499 and/or CRJ 495 course may be used in the major and none may be used in the major if taken prior to successful completion of CRJ 315 without written consent of the department.
5 i.e. no more than two PSC courses, two PSY courses, two SOC courses

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