Majoring in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science majors explore the intersection of criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology through coursework, internships and research.
The Criminal Justice Program at Sage
As a criminal justice major, you’ll take introductory classes in criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology, and choose a pathway in one or two of these areas to customize your degree to your career goals. You will also participate in a capstone research project and build your resume and professional network at an internship.
Unlike other professional degrees, our criminal justice degree program is not lockstep. Every criminal justice major takes classes in law, criminal justice, psychology and sociology, but not the same fixed set of courses. You will be able to promote your interdisciplinary background on your resume, and you will also be able to customize parts of your course sequence based on your interests and goals.
And for transfer students, we maintain several articulation agreements with local community colleges to help you maximize your transferable credits.
Careers with a Criminal Justice Degree
Criminal justice majors become attorneys, state troopers, parole officers, government leaders, social workers and more.
Recent graduates have been hired by the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Police, Vermont State Police and the New York State Assembly.
Criminal Justice Major Spotlights
A Criminal Justice degree prepared these Sage graduates for success.
Nicole Collazo finished her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Law and Behavior Science at Russell Sage College in 2021 and …
“It’s the personal connection you feel at Sage. They really care about you. My professors have kept in touch. I still love hearing from them.”
Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science graduate Nyla Brotherson ’22 recently started her new job as assistant director of Eleanor’s …
“I did better in law school than I did in college, thanks to the great preparation I had.”
Criminal Justice and Pre-Law
A criminal justice degree is excellent preparation for law school.
If you think you are interested in law school, we recommend you pursue an 18-credit minor in Pre-Law Studies.
Russell Sage College also offers an accelerated 3+3 bachelor’s degree/juris doctorate degree program with Albany Law School and Suffolk University Law School, which enables qualified students to earn a bachelor’s degree and law degree in six years instead of seven years.
More Graduate School Opportunities
Many Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science majors pursue an advanced degree in psychology or another discipline, including:
- Russell Sage College’s Master of Arts in Counseling and Community Psychology
- Russell Sage College’s Master of Arts in Community Psychology
- Russell Sage College’s M.S. in Forensic Mental Health
Our Forensic Mental Health program allows eligible students to take graduate courses in their senior year, reducing the time required to earn both a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree.