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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, CRJ 301, CRJ 409

Concentration in Corrections: CRJ 204, CRJ 306, CRJ 406, CRJ 420

Concentration in Intelligence Analysis: CRJ 250, CRJ 355, CRJ 450, CRJ 455

About the Criminal Justice Department

C114 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4517
Fax: (716) 878-3240

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 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Criminal Justice 42 cr

A. Core Courses (18 cr)
All six required:

CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ 201 Criminal Law
CRJ 202 The Police Process
CRJ 204 The Correctional Process
CRJ 303 Criminal Justice Theory and Ideology
CRJ 315 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (1.)

B. Supporting Courses (6 cr)
Select two courses from the following:

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 Systems
CRJ 308 Crime Prevention
CRJ 317 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ 320 Criminal Courts
CRJ 355 Crime Analysis

C. Criminal Justice Electives (6 cr)
Select two courses from the following:

CRJ 402 Advanced Administration in Criminal Justice (1.)
CRJ 404 White-Collar and Corporate Crime
CRJ 406 Correctional Institutions and Programs
CRJ 408 Pro-seminar 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 Moot Court
CRJ 488 Internship (3.)
CRJ 495 Special Project (4.)
CRJ 499 Independent Study (4.)

(1.) CRJ 402 requires upper division status, CRJ 101, and completion of introductory course in public administration, business management, or criminal justice administration.

(2.) CRJ 408 may be taken 3 times as long as 3 different topics are taken. Only two CRJ 408 courses will apply to the CRJ major. If you take more than 3 CRJ 408 courses, the extra courses will be invalid and you will not receive credit.

(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.

D. Criminal Justice Diversity Elective (3 cr)
Select one course from the following:

CRJ 425 Race, Ethnicity, and the Administration of Justice 2
CRJ 430 Gender and the Administration of Justice 2

E. Statistics (3 cr)
Select one course from the following:

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

F. Professional, Behavioral, and Social Science Electives (6 cr)
Select two courses from the following (No more than 4 credit hours from one department course area (i.e. no more than two PSC courses, two PSY courses, two SOC courses) allowed):

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 Politics
PSC 316 Urban Ethnic Politics
PSC 320 U.S. Constitution/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
PSY 411 Abnormal 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 12-39 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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