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 and 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 offers students the opportunity to earn a dual degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. The dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice is designed for students who are interested pursuing graduate study in forensic psychology, or students who want an enhanced educational background in psychology and criminal justice.  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. Students are responsible for finding their internship site, with the assistance of the program director and cooperating agencies.

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