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.


Program Distinctions

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.

“Criminal justice majors are the students that are moving forward and are going to be making the reforms of this world.”

Carol DiMambro, Associate Professor

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.

Spotlights Pattern

Criminal Justice and Pre-Law

A criminal justice degree is excellent preparation for law school.

If 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, including:

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.

Internships and Research

Recent employers who have hosted interns from Russell Sage College include local district attorney and public defender offices, the New York State Parole Board, the county Crime Victims and Sexual Violence Center and Have Justice — Will Travel legal services.


Criminal Justice majors also contribute to faculty research and conduct their own research. Students regularly present research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, regional conferences and Russell Sage College’s Undergraduate Research Day.

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Associate Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice, Law, and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor and Program Director of Criminal Justice and Community Corrections
Associate Professor of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Law, and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Law, and Behavioral Science