Major in Criminal Justice

You Belong Here

You’re fascinated by the laws that govern our country. You’re frustrated by even the slightest form of injustice in the world around you. You want a career that helps keep people safe—and serves society at large. Criminal justice may be the major for you.


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Why UC?

Utica College's celebrated major in criminal justice is an that combines a solid foundation in core academics with a practical learning approach emphasizing research, technology, and real-world professional experiences.  The program has earned a national reputation for its innovative curriculum, exceptional facilities, and highly accomplished faculty.

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What You’ll Learn

Criminal justice is the study of crime, its causes, and its effects on society. It is concerned with preventing and deterring criminal behavior, rehabilitating the offender, and providing a system where justice and rights are served. The criminal justice program’s theory-into-practice model promotes professional and international learning experiences as well as active participation in departmental research, culminating in a semester-long capstone internship.

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Students enjoy a rich selection of internship opportunities as well as access to state-of-the-art forensic research technologies in the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity building on the UC campus.


A Degree that Works

Graduates of the program have opportunities in a variety of criminal justice fields including policing, law, probation, juvenile services, private security, public administration/planning, counseling, research, and regulatory enforcement. Graduates may also pursue advanced study in fields such as public administration, criminal justice and criminology, management, and law. UC criminal justice alumni have taken leadership positions at:

  • U.S. Secret Service
  • Fluor Corporation
  • N.Y. State Office of the Attorney General
  • U.S. Department of Treasury
  • BlackstoneHunt Investigative Agency, LLC, Sarasota, Florida
  • Veteran's Administration

Program offers both professional and international learning experiences.

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