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Criminal Justice BS

Criminal Justice, B.S.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at St. Francis College provides a solid foundation for students wishing to pursue careers in social services, such as law, social work, law enforcement, probation, and non-profit organizational service and management. Available on-campus or online, the program explores a wide variety of criminal justice disciplines with the goal of preparing graduates to solve social problems.

Students will identify the function and interrelationships between the major components of the American criminal justice system, critically analyze key criminology theories, demonstrate and understanding of the relationship between theory and criminal justice policy, and explain the impact of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and class on criminal justice outcomes.

Underlying the focused, outcomes-driven curriculum is SFC’s robust General Education Program, which is the cornerstone of SFC and affirms its mission to graduate educated, well-rounded individuals who enter the workforce and work to change and culturally diversify the world.


St. Francis College students receive the enhanced Terrier 360 system of wrap-around support from day one to after graduation. Within the robust support, students gain in-depth insight and guidance to academic, internship, and career path options via the Center for Student Success, Center for Career Exploration, and Center for Learning and Leadership.


Specialized centers offer students the opportunity to hear lectures by experts in the fields of criminal justice and sociology including personal testimonies, film screenings featuring Q&A’s with directors/actors/producers, book authors that discuss their recent research, world-renowned professionals working in criminal justice, and activists who are dedicated to fighting for social justice.

The Sociology and Criminal Justice Department houses three centers: Center for Crime and Popular Culture, Institute for Peace and Justice, and the Post Prison College Opportunities Program @ St. Francis College.

Qualified students seeking an additional academic challenge can participate in the St. Francis Honors Program, where students participate in a series of small, intensive seminars, trips, and other activities that lead towards a senior thesis.

The College is also home to 15 national honor societies and its own Duns Scotus Honors Society which recognizes students for their academic and community achievements.


Students are offered the opportunity work as research assistants and gain valuable for-credit internships at various social service and criminal justice agencies.



Those students who are declared criminal justice majors and who successfully complete a minimum of 40 hours with the New York Police Department Police Academy and a minimum of 135 contact hours while participating in the New York Police Department Police Cadet Program may enroll in CJ-4991 Internship in Criminal Justice for three additional credits and will be awarded three credits to satisfy the 12 elective credits requirements with approval from the Department Chairperson.

The full curriculum can be found here.

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