Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies

The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies program provides students with the tools they need to enter into a career in the expanding field of law enforcement, the emerging area of homeland security, or to pursue a graduate degree or attend law school. This Bachelor of Science degree program has a rigorous curriculum taught by dedicated faculty uniquely qualified in their academic disciplines. The program is designed to educate students to be critical thinkers who communicate effectively, and who act in an ethical manner.

Student Learning Goals
Develop an understanding of:
  • The various components and processes of the criminal justice system;
  • The role of the various justice and law enforcement agencies encompassed and involved in homeland security;
  • How the criminal justice system responds to threats and crises;
  • International and domestic terrorism and how to respond to and prevent terroristic action;
  • The purpose and practice of law;
  • The theories of crime and criminal behavior and how they have influenced policy and procedure within the criminal justice system;
  • The ethical and moral issues inherent in the criminal justice system;
  • Gain academic and practical experience that will assist in the pursuit of a career in the field; and
  • Develop critical thinking, written and oral communication skills necessary for careers in the field
Special Feature:
Cazenovia College is now offering students the opportunity to earn a dual degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Students earning this degree can go on to work with individual or families of individuals in the legal system, provide expert testimony, and study criminal offenders, among other areas of employment.  Click here for more information on this program.

Internship Opportunities:
Students will participate in an internship in the career path of their choice, such as, criminal justice, homeland security, law, youth/juvenile delinquency, private investigation, or probation and parole. Internships allow students to assess their interest and apply their classroom knowledge in an area of their choice. The program director and the cooperating agencies assess the best placement for students based on the student‘s academic preparation, past experiences, and personal maturity.

Career Opportunities
Private Security                       Youth Counselor
Law and Courts                       Insurance Investigator
Lawyer                                   Private Investigator
Judge                                     Private Security Officer
Bailiff                                     Loss Prevention Specialist
Paralegal                                Pretrial Services Officer
Law Enforcement                     Corrections
FBI                                        Warden
US Marshal                             Parole Officer
Drug Enforcement Admin.        Correctional Counselor
Police Officer/Detective           Community Corrections
US Customs                           Community Caseworker
Sheriff                                   Probation Officer