Academic Catalog

Criminal Justice, B.S.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice provides rigorous training to students desiring a career in law enforcement or those seeking future graduate level work. The College’s goal is to produce graduates who are ready to embark on promising and expanding careers in the criminal justice system and/or graduate school.

The Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law enforcement, courts, cross-cultural sensitivity and communication as well as modern technology. The curriculum requires 120 credit hours and consists of a 24-credit hour core. All Criminal Justice majors are required to select at least one concentration by the time they have earned 60 credit hours and are considered to have junior standing. The following concentrations are available:

  • Juvenile and Family Justice
  • Law Enforcement Administration and Criminal Investigations
  • Law and Society
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online).

The program also articulates with two-year degree programs in criminal justice in the Western New York area by accepting, as transfers, credits from these programs.

Medaille's Criminal Justice program was designed to make the most of a student's previous college transfer credits. In addition, the College recognizes the educational value of and awards credit for many types of life experience related to our degree programs. Law enforcement personnel returning for this degree may apply for Challenge Exams for various courses that relate to their occupation.

The College stresses the importance of gaining work experience that is related to a student's major program of study. In the Criminal Justice program, all students will complete six credit hours of hands-on internship experience, which creates exposure to actual job conditions. Students will complete 90 contact hours during CRJ 377 Field Experience I (junior year) and 120 contact during CRJ 477 Field Experience II (senior year) for a combined total of 210 hours in the field.

As a Criminal Justice major, students may find experience opportunities in law enforcement agencies, public defenders’ office, pretrial services, courts, district attorney’s office, the police academy, corporate security and numerous social services offices.

Program Goals

  • To provide students with an in-depth understanding of crime and the processes of the criminal justice system.
  • To provide a rigorous course of study that includes critical thinking, oral and written communication skills to students in preparation for future graduate studies, including law, for career success.
  • To provide students with a higher degree of understanding of the social impact of interpersonal human relations skills in the area of race, ethnicity and cross-cultural perspectives.
  • To provide students with various social science research methods applied in the criminal justice discipline.
  • To provide students with a sound ethical foundation in all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Concentrations

Note: All CRJ students are required to complete a concentration. A concentration must be declared by successful completion of 45 credit hours.

The concentration in Juvenile and Family Justice provides additional coursework in Childhood Development, Adolescent Development, A Lifespan View of Family Violence, and Juvenile Delinquency. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with the family as a unit. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.

The concentration in Law Enforcement Administration and Criminal Investigation provides additional coursework in Criminal Investigation, Law Enforcement Ethics, Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community, and police Administration. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with law enforcement. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.

The concentration in Law and Society provides additional coursework in Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, and Law & Society. This concentration provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of how the criminal justice system intersects with society and individuals. This concentration will suit students interested in pursuing graduate level study or careers in social services, counseling professions, law, law enforcement and related public service professions. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the needs of their future organizations and/or continued education.

The concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management provides additional coursework in specific Homeland Security areas. Taking its cue from Medaille College’s B.S. degree in Homeland Security, the Criminal Justice concentration in Homeland Security draws from the four interrelated disciplines of Homeland Security - the administration of Homeland Security, terrorism, law and politics, and emergency management. The concentration incorporates theory with practice, ensuring that our students will be well prepared to effectively meet the Homeland Security needs of their future organizations.

Medaille’s B.S. in Criminal Justice teaches the skills, knowledge, and competencies that graduates need in order enter the competitive world of Criminal Justice careers and/or to prepare them for graduate-level study. The Criminal Justice program focuses on criminal law, criminal procedure, ethics, law enforcement, courts, cross-cultural sensitivity and communication as well as modern technology.

In addition, the experiential learning/internship component (two, three-credit courses taken sequentially) of the program has been moved from the “Major Requirements” to the “Concentration” curriculum section. Doing so ensures that students will complete internships that align with and are appropriate for their concentration. Placing the experiential learning/internship component within the concentration provides a greater depth of study and experiential education for students.

Credit Distribution

Degree earned: B.S.
Total number of credits: 116-123
Delivery formats: On-campus, online
Concentrations: Juvenile & Family Justice Concentration, Law Enforcement Administration & Criminal Investigation Concentration, Law & Society Concentration, Homeland Security & Emergency Management Concentration (Online)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Botany
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
CRJ 101Intro to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 160Crime and Society3
CRJ 201Introduction to Criminal Law3
CRJ 211Law Enforcement3
CRJ 240Criminal Courts and Procedures3
CRJ 340Corrections3
CRJ 415Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
CRJ 421Senior Capstone3
Concentration Areas
Select one concentration of the following: 63
Total Hours120-121
1

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Students who meet the math competency may substitute a Free elective

Concentration Areas

Juvenile & Family Justice Concentration

Concentration Requirements
PSY 210Child Development3
PSY 240Adolescence3
SOC 311A Lifespan View Of Family Violence3
CRJ 225Juvenile Delinquency3
CRJ 377Field Experience I3
CRJ 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Foreign Language (any) or LAS3
PHI 300Ethics3
SOC 281Multicultural & Diverse Popula3
Select one course of the following:3
African-American History
Introduction To Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology (Select 33 credits of Free Electives)
Free Electives
Select 33 credits of Free Electives 133
Total Hours63
1

May include any College course.

Law Enforcement Administration & Criminal Investigation Concentration

Concentration Requirements
CRJ 301Criminal Investigation I3
CRJ 303Criminal Investigation I Lab1
CRJ 170Law Enforcement Ethics3
CRJ 355Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community3
CRJ 410Police Administration3
CRJ 377Field Experience I3
CRJ 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Foreign Language (any) or LAS3
PHI 300Ethics3
SOC 281Multicultural & Diverse Popula3
Select one course of the following:3
African-American History
Introduction To Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Free Electives
Select 32 credits of Free Electives 132
Total Hours63
1

May include any College course.

 Law & Society Concentration

Concentration Requirements
APY 100Introduction to Anthropology3
SOC 100Introduction to Sociology3
POL 100Introduction To Political Science3
CRJ 365Law and Society3
CRJ 377Field Experience I3
CRJ 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Foreign Language (any) or LAS3
PHI 300Ethics3
SOC 281Multicultural & Diverse Popula3
Select one course of the following:3
African-American History
Introduction To Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Free Electives
Select 33 credits of Free Electives 133
Total Hours63
1

May include any College course.

Homeland Security & Emergency Management Concentration [Online]

Concentration Requirements
CRJ 305ESecuring the Homeland4
HIS 320EHistory of Terrorism4
POL 321EThe Constitution & Patriot Act4
HLS 375EPrinc of Emergency Mgmt4
CRJ 377Field Experience I3
CRJ 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Foreign Language (any) 3
PHI 300Ethics3
SOC 281Multicultural & Diverse Popula3
Select one course of the following:3
African-American History
Introduction To Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Free Electives
Select 29 credits of Free Electives 129
Total Hours63
1

May include any College course.

Individualized Concentration

Concentration Requirements
Select four courses of the following:12-15
Introduction to Anthropology
Law Enforcement Ethics
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Investigation I
and Criminal Investigation I Lab
Securing the Homeland
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Law and Society
Police Administration
History of Terrorism
Princ of Emergency Mgmt
Introduction To Political Science
The Constitution & Patriot Act
Child Development
Adolescence
Introduction to Sociology
A Lifespan View Of Family Violence
Required Courses
CRJ 377Field Experience I3
CRJ 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Science Courses
Foreign Language (any) or LAS elective3
PHI 300Ethics3
SOC 281Multicultural & Diverse Popula3
Select one course of the following:3
African-American History
Introduction To Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Free Electives
Select 29-33 credits of Free Electives 129-33
Total Hours59-66
1

May include any College course.

Suggested Sequences

Criminal Justice, B.S.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
GEN 230 Creative Expression 3
CRJ 170 Law Enforcement Ethics 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
U.S. HIS/POL 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
GEN 240 Scientific Discovery 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
CRJ 250 Policing a Multicultural Community 3
Major Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
CRJ 301 Criminal Investigation I 3
CRJ 303 Criminal Investigation I Lab 1
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
PHI 300 Ethics 3
Major Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
CRJ 350 Community Policing 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
Major Elective 3
PED (Any) 2
LAS Elective 3
 Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I 3
CRJ 420 Senior Seminar/Topics 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
Major Elective 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Criminal Justice, B.S., Juvenile and Family Justice Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (FE) 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
CRJ 211 Law Enforcement 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
PHI 300/310 Ethics 3
For. Lang. or LAS 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
SOC 281 Multicultural & Diverse Popula 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (LAS Choice) 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
PSY 210 Child Development 3
Free Elective 3
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
CRJ 415 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PSY 240 Adolescence 3
Free Elective 3
CRJ 225 Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 311 A Lifespan View Of Family Violence 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
CRJ 421 Senior Capstone 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Criminal Justice, B.S., Homeland Security Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
POL/PSY/SOC 100/HIS 200 Introduction To Political Science 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
For. Lang. or LAS 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
CRJ 211 Law Enforcement 3
PHI 300/310 Ethics 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
SOC 281 Multicultural & Diverse Popula 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
CRJ 305 online 4
Free Elective 3
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
CRJ 415 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
 Hours13
Second Semester
HIS 320 online 4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
CRJ 421 Senior Capstone 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
HLS 375E Princ of Emergency Mgmt 4
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
POL 321E The Constitution & Patriot Act (online) 4
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Criminal Justice, B.S., Individualized Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
Conc. Course 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
CRJ 211 Law Enforcement 3
PHI 300/310 Ethics 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
SOC 281 Multicultural & Diverse Popula 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
Conc. Course 3
Free Elective 3
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
CRJ 415 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
For. Lang. or LAS 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Conc. Course 3
Conc. Course 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
CRJ 421 Senior Capstone 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Criminal Justice, B.S., Law Enforcement Administration Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
PHI 300/310 Ethics 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
CRJ 211 Law Enforcement 3
For. Lang. or LAS 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
CRJ 250 Policing a Multicultural Community 3
PSY/POL/SOC 100/HIS 200 Introduction to Psychology 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
CRJ 301 Criminal Investigation I 3
CRJ 303 Criminal Investigation I Lab 1
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
CRJ 415 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 170 Law Enforcement Ethics 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours16
Second Semester
CRJ 410 Police Administration 3
SOC 281 Multicultural & Diverse Popula 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 2
Free Elective 3
 Hours14
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
CRJ 421 Senior Capstone 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.

Criminal Justice, B.S., Law and Society Concentration

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
CRJ 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
CRJ 160 Crime and Society 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 201 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
CRJ 211 Law Enforcement 3
PHI 300/310 Ethics 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
CRJ 240 Criminal Courts and Procedures 3
SOC 281 Multicultural & Diverse Popula 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
APY 100 Introduction to Anthropology 3
Free Elective 3
CRJ 340 Corrections 3
CRJ 415 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3
For. Lang. or LAS 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
CRJ 365 Law and Society 3
POL 100 Introduction To Political Science 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
CRJ 421 Senior Capstone 3
CRJ 377 Field Experience I 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
CRJ 477 Field Experience II 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.