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.

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.

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

Carol DiMambro, Associate Professor and Program Director

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Your Future

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.

Graduate Studies

Many Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science majors pursue an advanced degree in psychology or another discipline, 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.

Learning Experience

The interdisciplinary criminal justice degree program at Russell Sage College includes coursework, internships and research opportunities.

Internships & Research

You will build your resume and professional network at an internship aligned with your career goals. 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.


You may also contribute to faculty research and conduct your own research. Our 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 of Criminal & Restorative Justice and Program Director, Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science
Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science