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.

Admissions Requirements

Students (with the exception of transfer students) are not accepted during their first semester at the college. A minimum of 12 hours of coursework must be completed with an overall cumulative average of 2.5. A student is then eligible to apply for admittance as a Criminal Justice major. Major forms are available in the Criminal Justice Department office. Transfer students directly from community colleges are accepted based upon their academic average and according to their date of application.

Advisement for Freshmen
The Criminal Justice Department recommends that freshmen work on completing the College Writing and Math competency requirements and the Intellectual Foundations Requirements. Students wishing to take course work in Criminal Justice should register for CRJ101, Introduction to Criminal Justice, before taking any other Criminal Justice course work.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 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 303W Criminal Justice Theory and Ideology
CRJ 315W 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 (2)
CRJ 404 White-Collar and Corporate Crime
CRJ 406 Correctional Institutions and Programs
CRJ 408 Pro-seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
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 470W Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice
CRJ 485 Moot Court
CRJ 488 Internship (4)
CRJ 495 Special Project (5)
CRJ 499 Independent Study (5)

D. Criminal Justice Diversity Elective (3 cr)
Select one course from the following
CRJ 425 Race and the Administration of Justice
CRJ 430 Gender and the Administration of Justice

E. Professional, Behavioral, and Social Science Electives (6) (9 cr)
Select three courses from the following
ANT 307 Urban Anthropology
ANT 325 Anthropology
BIO 322 Human Heredity
BUS 312 Financial Accounting
BUS 313 Managerial Accounting
BUS 334 Business Law
BUS 360 Principles of Management
BUS 410 Accounting Analysis
CHE 312 Chemistry and Criminalistics
CRS 302 Creative Approaches to Problem Solving
ECO 305 Statistics for Economics
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
MAT 311 Introductory Probability and Statistics
PHI 304 Philosophy of Law
PHI 323 Moral Issues
PSC 315 State and Local Government Politics
PSC 316 Urban Ethnic Politics
PSC 320 U.S. Constitution/Civil Liberties
PSC 350 Introduction to Legal Thought
PSC 360 Public Administration
PSC 364 American Public Policy
PSY 306 Statistics in Psychological Research
PSY 325 Social Behavior
PSY 367 Organizational Behavior
PSY 375 Forensic Psychology
PSY 376 Health Psychology
PSY 411 Abnormal Psychology
SOC 301 Social Statistics
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 319 Dynamics of Poverty
SWK 320 Organization of Community Services

All College Electives: 12-39 cr
Total Required Credit Hours: 120 cr

Concentrations in Major:
Concentration in Policing: CRJ 202, CRJ 301, CRJ 409
Concentration in Correction: CRJ 204, CRJ 306, CRJ 406, CRJ 420
Concentration in Intelligence Analysis: CRJ 250, CRJ 350, CRJ 355, CRJ 450

(1) ECO 305, PSY 306, MAT 311, SOC 301, or an approved statistics course is a prerequisite for CRJ 315.

(2) CRJ402 requires upper division status, CRJ101 and completion of introductory course in public administration, business management, or criminal justice administration.

(3) CRJ408 may be taken three times as long as three different topics are taken. Only two CRJ408 courses will apply to the CRJ major. If you take more than three CRJ408 courses, the extra courses will be invalid and you will not receive credit.

(4) CRJ488 requires senior class standing, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Buffalo State and/or instructor permission.

(5) 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 CRJ495 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.

(6) No more than seven credit hours from one department course area (i.e., no more than two PSC courses, two PSY courses, two SOC courses) allowed.

Criminal Justice

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