Build a Broad Skill Set for Meaningful Work
Criminal justice majors explore the intersection of criminal justice, law, psychology and sociology through coursework, internships and research.
Majoring in Criminal Justice
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.
Our professors are experienced and respected scholars — but they are teachers, first. Because Russell Sage College is a small school, faculty members get to know every student in their department. They will invite you to work with them on research — and they’ll ask you to stay in touch after you graduate. They are invested in your success.
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.
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Our criminal justice degree will provide you with a broad skill set for meaningful work in your community.
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.
A criminal justice degree is also excellent preparation for law school. Russell Sage College 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.
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.