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Minors Offered at Buffalo State College

Criminal Justice courses are part of the following minors:

  • African and African American Studies
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Legal Studies
  • Women and Gender Studies

Potential minor programs for Criminal Justice students:

  • Biology
  • Business Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Deviance
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmetal Science
  • Ethics
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Indigenous Studies
  • International Economics
  • Inernational Relations
  • Leadership
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Safety Studies
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban Civil Education
  • Writing - Read more information about the minor

Potential Certificate Programs for Criminal Justice students:

  • Child Advocacy Studies
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Health Promotion Sciences
  • World Languages Advantage

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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.


Overview: What can I do with a degree in criminal justice? (165 KB)

Recent Graduates

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


Our recent graduates have been hired by the Buffalo Police Department, the Erie County Sheriff's Department, the Erie County Probation Department, the New York State Police, the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Customs and Immigration, and Erie County Victim Services.


Criminal Justice students have the opportunity to explore careers in the field and gain valuable hands-on experience through internship opportunities. View current internships listed through the department.



Clubs and Honors




The Criminal Justice Club

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Club is to build unity among members; to educate all Buffalo State students on concerns of crime and safety, to provide information for obtaining careers in criminal justice, to encourage the principles of self-awareness, unity, self-determination, collective work, and responsibility. The Criminal Justice Club coordinates events to increase knowledge and perspectives of crime and safety concerns. 

All Buffalo State students, regardless of major or class standing, are welcome.

Meetings every Tuesday during Bengal Pause (12:30 - 1:30 p.m.) in the Campbell Student Union 415




National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society, the national honor society for criminal justice majors, recognizes the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate criminal justice students.

Membership Requirements

  • Membership is open to criminal justice majors or minors who have completed at least 12 credits in criminal justice at Buffalo State
  • Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum overall and major GPA of 3.2
  • Graduate students must have a minimum overall and major GPA of 3.4
  • Must have attended two Honors Society meetings
  • Attach a complete audit sheet to the application
  • Submit your completed application, a bank check or money order payable to Alpha Phi Sigma National Headquarters, and your audit sheet to Dr. Scott Johnson (Faculty Advisor effective June 1, 2018).

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Criminal Justice

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Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4517 •  Fax: (716) 878-3240