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Criminal Justice

Exploring legal foundations

The criminal justice department at Buffalo State College is committed to the intellectual, personal and professional growth of its students and faculty.  The focus of the program is to provide a comprehensive education in criminal justice through an academically rigorous, multi-disciplinary program of study.  The curriculum integrates social, cultural, political, and organizational influences on criminal justice polices and operations from both theoretical and real-world perspectives with the objective of preparing students for positions in the criminal justice profession and/or graduate study.  The department is committed to fostering an intellectual climate that promotes excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.


Dr. James J. Sobol teaching class

About Us

Buffalo State's criminal justice program is the oldest in Western New York.

The program offers a large, well-qualified, nationally knowm faculty, who are trained in a variety of disciplines with a policy-oriented curriculum, grounded in the social sciences.

Classes are relatively small and the department is involved in the community with a well-developed internship program.

Criminal Justice Department Goals and Objectives

Crime Scene Booth

Beyond the Classroom

Students are strongly encouraged to also engage in applied learning experiences, such as internships and involvement with law-related student organizations.

Graduates walking in

After Graduation

Criminal justice majors are prepared for positions as law-enforcement and corrections officers on the local, state, and federal levels and for positions with community agencies that deal with crime, the criminal justice system, and victims of crime.

Students who choose graduate school typically pursue doctoral programs in criminal justice or enter law school.

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Criminal Justice

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Cassety Hall 102
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4517 •  Fax: (716) 878-3240