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Criminal Justice

About This Program

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.

Why Utica College

Utica College's celebrated major in criminal justice is one 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.

Contact Information

Office of Admissions

(315) 792-3006

General Information


  • Major


  • B.S.


  • Utica Campus
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Criminal Justice at Utica

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have opportunities in a variety of criminal justice-related fields, including:
    • Law Enforcement
    • Law and the Courts
    • Corrections, Probation, and Parole
    • Juvenile Services
    • Private Security
    • and more!
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The Criminal Justice program at Utica College offers both professional and international learning experiences online and on campus.

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 with the opportunity to earn three credits toward your major in a Capstone internship experience at the federal, state, or local level. Possible internship site locations are limited only by a student’s imagination and willingness to travel.

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Criminal Justice Faculty

Justice Studies at Utica College

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 in Criminal Justice-related fields across the county, and at all levels of government, including with such as agencies as:

  • FBI
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • New York State Police
  • Oneida County Sheriff's Office
  • Utica Police Department
  • Rome Police Department
  • U.S Treasury
  • Veteran’s Affairs Administration
  • N.Y. State Attorney General’s Office, and many others!
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Student Voices: Danielle Alpi

A brief conversation with Danielle Alpi, a graduate of the criminal justice major now enrolled in Utica College's M.S. in Cybersecurity - Intelligence, Forensics, and Cyber Operations.

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Experiential Learning

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.

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